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Navy pilots welcomed home from Kosovo

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June 26, 1999
Web posted at: 7:02 p.m. EST (0002 GMT)

From CNN Producer Fran Lewine

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Maryland (CNN) -- The first group of Navy pilots who were part of NATO's Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia returned to the United States Saturday, making a dramatic fly-over before receiving a warm welcome at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

The six planes carrying members of the Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron VAQ-140 flew in from Aviano Air Base in Italy after an overnight stop in the Azores. They were en route to their home base at the Naval Air Station at Whidbey Island, Washington.

The squadron, known as the "Patriots," flew 717 combat sorties, totaling 3,129 combat hours, and were the only squadron to fly every day of the air campaign. Their job was to neutralize or jam hostile electronic and radar systems.

A seventh plane scheduled to return was held back in Italy by mechanical problems.

Among the crew, Lt. Jason Langham, 29, was met by his mother and stepfather, holding aloft a welcome home sign. Langham went to the Balkans on April 14, his birthday, and was heading home to his wife, who is expecting a baby.

Lt. Robert Fenrick of Capital Heights, Maryland, was welcomed by his mother, who said she'd baked him his favorite pie -- sweet potato -- for his overnight visit.

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  • Federal Republic of Yugoslavia official site
      • Kesovo and Metohija facts
  • Serbia Ministry of Information
  • Serbia Now! News

  • Kosova Crisis Center
  • Kosova Liberation Peace Movement
  • Kosovo - from

  • NATO official site
  • BosniaLINK - U.S. Dept. of Defense
  • U.S. Navy images from Operation Allied Force
  • U.K. Ministry of Defence - Kosovo news
  • U.K. Royal Air Force - Kosovo news
  • Jane's Defence - Kosovo Crisis

Resettlement Agencies Helping Kosovars in U.S.:
  • Church World Service
  • Episcopal Migration Ministries
  • Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  • Iowa Department of Human Services
  • International Rescue Committee
  • Immigration and Refugee Services of America
  • Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service
  • United States Catholic Conference

  • World Relief
  • Doctors without borders
  • U.S. Agency for International Development (Kosovo aid)
  • Doctors of the World
  • InterAction
  • International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
  • International Committee of the Red Cross
  • Kosovo Humanitarian Disaster Forces Hundreds of Thousands from their Homes
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • Kosovo Relief
  • ReliefWeb: Home page
  • The Jewish Agency for Israel
  • Mercy International

  • Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty
  • Independent Yugoslav radio stations B92
  • Institute for War and Peace Reporting
  • United States Information Agency - Kosovo Crisis

  • Expanded list of related sites on Kosovo
  • 1997 view of Kosovo from space - Eurimage
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