Refueling Tankers, Hawaii Airmen Return from Middle East

KC-135 Stratotankers assigned to MacDill Air Force Base prepare for launch as part of an "Elephant Walk” on Jan. 20 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Basic David Tracy/Released)

HONOLULU — Three refueling tankers and 50 members of the Hawaii Air National Guard are home after a four-month deployment to the Middle East.

The Guard says two tankers and most of the airmen arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam from Qatar on Monday. One tanker returned on Thursday.

The tankers refueled airplanes in the air, extending the range of air operations in Iraq and Syria.

The three KC-135 Stratotankers belong to the 203rd Air Refueling Squadron. All of the airmen who deployed are members of the 154th Wing.

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