Rhode Island officials are pressing the Air Force to create an active associate arrangement with the Rhode Island Air National Guard's 143rd Airlift Wing. Here, in April 2004, a member of the 143rd AW, based at Quonset State Airport, raises a flag through the hatch of one of the unit's C-130J-30 Hercules cargo aircraft to signify the safe homecoming of some troops from the Rhode Island Army National Guard after an 18-month deployment to operations in Southwest Asia.
US Air Force photo/TSgt. Janeen Miller
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