VOLK FIELD, Wis. - More than 90 Airmen were honored as Hometown Heroes in a Jan. 4 ceremony at Volk Field Combat Readiness Training Center (CRTC) in front of their families, peers, senior Wisconsin National Guard leaders and local officials.
"These Airmen took time away from their families and work. Each of you being recognized has earned the right to be called a Hometown Hero," said Col. David Romuald, Volk Field CRTC commander.
The National Guard Hometown Heroes Salute program recognized Airmen who have deployed in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom for more than 30 days.
Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar, Wisconsin adjutant general, brought perspective to the sacrifices of National Guard members as he commented on a long history of excellence.
"In the over 377 years of the National Guard, men and women of the Guard have believed in their mission, defended their community and have been ready to help out when needed," Dunbar said. "This Hometown Heroes event is your community and your nation saying, 'Thank you.'"
Staff Sgt. Travis Anderson, ground radar systems technician at Volk Field CRTC, deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and was one of many recognized Sunday.
"It is nice to have this appreciation, especially for our families who support us," Anderson said.
Anderson plans to give his awards to his wife and two daughters as a sign of his appreciation for their support of him.
"We thank you and salute you for all you have accomplished for your country," Dunbar said.