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Local Airmen, Families Saluted At Special Ceremony

By: Ralph Iannotti
(Photo Credit: KDKA)

(Photo Credit: KDKA)

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FINDLAY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Members of the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard were honored Sunday in Findlay Township as part of the “Hometown Heroes Salute Campaign.”

Those receiving special recognition saw their overseas deployments last anywhere from 30 days up to six months.

But the airmen weren’t the only ones who were honored at the special ceremony. Their families were cited for the sacrifices they’ve had to endure as well.

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Good said, “When I go on deployments, it’s tough [on my family], a lot of things they have to do by themselves.”

Also, Chief Master Sgt. Roy Lewandowski said that he’s had five mobilizations, and been deployed to different companies from Afghanistan to Guam.

Congressman Tim Murphy, of the 18th Congressional District, was in attendance at the ceremony. And he took some time out to think about Saturday’s tragic shooting in Arizona.

“On a day like today, although we are still reeling from yesterday’s attack, we recognize that the strength of our nation comes from within,” Congressman Murphy said in reference to the assassination attempt of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords outside of the supermarket in Tucson.

The “Hometown Heroes Salute Campaign” was launched back in 2009.

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