Approximately 75 soldiers of the Delaware Army National Guard’s 238th Aviation Regiment were welcomed home to Delaware from a combat tour in Afghanistan on Nov. 25 at the New Castle County Air Base.


Approximately 75 soldiers of the Delaware Army National Guard’s 238th Aviation Regiment were welcomed home to Delaware from a combat tour in Afghanistan on Nov. 25 at the New Castle County Air Base.

The regiment, which included mechanics, flight crew members and pilots who fly and maintain Black Hawk helicopters, served about 10 months in Afghanistan. For more than half, the deployment was their second.

The soldiers were mobilized in support of Operation Enduring Freedom last November and served approximately 12 months on active duty. While deployed, the unit was responsible for flying personnel and equipment transport missions in the mountains of Afghanistan.

“We are thankful to have all our soldiers return home safe and sound from flying in some of the most treacherous terrain in the world. I can’t think of a more fitting Thanksgiving event,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Delaware National Guard adjutant general.

The Delaware National Guard is made of 2,600 citizen-soldiers and airmen, serving and living in the First State. Approximately 80% of all Delaware National Guardsmen have been deployed since Sept. 11, 2001.