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Second wave of deployers is underway

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  • By Staff Sgt. Ivyann Castillo
  • 171st Public Affairs
      Approximately 90 airmen from the 171st Air Refueling Wing went through an in-processing line over a two-day span here, just before their departure to support a 120-day deployment rotation for Operation Iraqi Freedom.
      And with the processing line moving quicker, members won't spend half a day to in-process, allowing them a little extra time to take care of their civilian needs.
"It takes a lot of work and support to make this procedure easier for the deployers as well as those preparing them for their deployment," said Technical Sgt. Tess Mackey, readiness technician, 171st Mission Support Group. "It only takes about an hour for their mobility folders to be reviewed and go through their required briefings."
      For some of these airmen going through the line, this isn't the first deployment, nor is it the first time leaving their family.
    "This will be my second deployment for this kind of mission, I'm always excited to go and serve my country with my fellow airmen," said Staff Sgt. Josh Johnson, crew chief, 171st  Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. "I'm recently married and thankful my wife is very supportive and understanding."
    "Every deployment process becomes easier and almost a second nature," said Mackey. "The point is to make sure all their requirements are in order and most importantly have a little additional time with their families."