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Under flood lights run by generators, 54 members of the Montana Air National Guard are being recognized for their hard work during a Hometown Heroes Salute.

"We're all here today to celebrate I guess our service to our country and most of us have recently returned from deployments and I guess we are here to recognize not only us but our family members because they were very important in supporting us while we were away," says Senior Airman, Eric Weber.

Families of the airmen are not the only ones who are glad to see as these folks home safe. In fact these awards are a national program developed by the Air National Guard and supported by the citizens of Montana themselves.

"It's pretty humbling to figure the citizens of the state of Montana will honor us. Like I said it is pretty humbling we go over there to do a job, we do it voluntarily. Not one single person on my team would ever ask for recognition but it is its pretty humbling to know that the citizens care," explains Master Sergeant Edward McLean.

Even Chief Master Sergeant Scott Fink is happy to be welcoming these brave men and women back home from deployment.

"Very proud you know I've been deployed myself. I know what it is like I know what they go through, but being a chief and back home your always concerned because you're not in control at that point in time. These members go through and extreme amount of training and their very well trained and so we have that aspect but you're always concerned that they're going to be okay when they're deployed," says Chief Master Sergeant Fink.

This is the salute's 6th year, this is the first time the Hometown Heroes Salute was conducted during a blackout.

"Just like you know we've been in the dark before we overcome any issues that come along and we just we adapt to what we've got," says Chief Master Sergeant Fink.

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