Don Cich

Mr. Cich was a Chief Master Sergeant.

Source: Hermantown Star-December 4-10, 2008 (see below)

“Approximately 125 148th Fighter Wing personnel departed for Balad Air Base, Iraq, on Thanksgiving as a part of its Air Expeditionary Force (AEF) deployment. Master Sgt. Keith Johnson (top right) signs in the final soldier and goes over last-minute details. To the left, Don Cich, a retired Chief Master Sgt, passed out goodies to soldiers and their families before departing.

Here are some quick facts about the mission:

• The 148th has had personnel and jets at Balad Air Base since September 2008, providing Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System (TARS) support.

• In total, the 148th will have approximately 225 personnel deployed to Balad, while almost 50 more personnel are currently deployed to other mid-east locations, including Afghanistan.

• This deployment is expected to conclude in January 2009.

• The 148th will continue to support its 24/7 Air Sovereignty Alert (ASA) mission at Duluth during the deployment.”

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