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Oregon National Guard welcomes home 116th Air Control Squadron

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Formal demobilization ceremony for Oregon National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron. Formal demobilization ceremony for Oregon National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron.
CLACKAMAS, OR (KPTV) -

More than 90 citizen-airmen from the Oregon National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron were welcomed home Friday.

A formal demobilization ceremony was held at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas.

The 116th Air Control Squadron is based at Camp Rilea in Warrenton and was deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May 2015 to November 2015.

The airmen operated and maintained surveillance, communications and air space management systems to support coalition air operations in and around the Arabian Gulf area.

The airmen worked with joint service and coalition personnel to operate and maintain the world's largest control and reporting center.

"Their knowledge and manpower provided a picture of the theater of operations, ensuring the defense of seven Arabian Gulf nations, the safety of 27,000 aircraft across 13 countries, and enabling the disruption of enemy forces throughout the region," according to an Oregon National Guard release.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown was among the speakers at Friday's ceremony.

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