219th Security Forces members return to Minot

Submitted Photo Senior Airman Luke Grzeskowiak, of the 219th Security Forces Squadron, North Dakota Air National Guard, gets a hug from his mother as she greets him at Minot International Airport on Friday, shown in this photo by Senior Master Sgt. David H. Lipp.

Twelve members of the 219th Security Forces Squadron returned home to Minot on Friday upon completion of their six-month deployment to southwest Asia.

The airmen provided force protection and installation security at their deployed location while supporting current U.S. operations. They are part of the nearly 150 North Dakota Air National Guard “Happy Hooligans” who deployed in 2017, which was the unit’s largest deployment since the Korean War.

Leadership from the 219th, as well as other fellow Hooligans, were in attendance to greet the returning airmen with their families as they arrived at the Minot airport Friday afternoon.

The 219th is assigned to Minot Air Force Base. Members work side by side with U.S. Air Force active-duty security forces members of the 91st Missile Wing to maintain security in the Minot missile field.