Local airmen were reunited with their loved ones after a month-long deployment in Puerto Rico.
Members of the 182nd Airlift Wing were assisting with hurricane relief efforts.
Some 150 Illinois Army National Guard Military police soldiers were flown to Puerto Rico to help with security and other efforts.
Specialist Tyler Klimcak reflected on the experience while speaking with news partner 25 News.
“It felt great to help out all my Puerto Rican brothers and sisters,” Klimcak said.
Klimcak said the biggest adjustments was getting used to warm temperatures in November.
“Been born and raised in Illinois…the change of weather in November, I was sweating. I was sweating getting off that plane no doubt.”
Under an agreement with the nation’s state-to-state mutual aid system, Puerto Rico agreed to reimburse Illinois for the estimated $948,000 it cost to deploy the troops.