Over 100 airmen return to the Lowcountry after 80 days in Southwest Asia

VIDEO: Lowcountry airmen return from deployment

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - More than a hundred airmen returned to the Lowcountry Monday morning after their deployment overseas.

These men and women are part of Joint Base Charleston's 16th Airlift Squadron. They had just spent 80 days in Southwest Asia.

The squadron had just helped close out Operation Enduring Freedom, which began shortly after 9/11, and more recently had helped in the fight against ISIS.

On Monday, the 114 airmen were welcomed back to Charleston by friends, family, and the community.

"It shows us that the community cares. Everybody loves Charleston," said 16th Airlift Squadron Commander Patrick Farrell. He says the support from everyone has been awesome.

The squadron had also started Operation Freedom Sentinel. That, according to the Department of Defense, is a mission to support the government and people of Afghanistan by training and advising their security forces.

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