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Wing Honors 'Hometown Heroes'

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (left) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (center) recognize Staff Sgt. Robert Carr, 135th Airlift Squadron, for his 2006 overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010.  The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Schepers/Released)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (left) and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (center) recognize Staff Sgt. Robert Carr, 135th Airlift Squadron, for his 2006 overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010. The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Schepers/Released)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley thanks U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tara Brown, 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, for her overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010.  The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/Released)

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley thanks U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Tara Brown, 175th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard, for her overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010. The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/Released)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (left), Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (center) and Brig. Gen. James Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland (far right), pose with a group of Airmen from the Maryland Air National Guard who received awards for their overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010.  The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/Released)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (left), Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (center) and Brig. Gen. James Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland (far right), pose with a group of Airmen from the Maryland Air National Guard who received awards for their overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010. The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Hughes/Released)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (left), Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (center) and Brig. Gen. James Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland (far right), present Staff Sgt. Robert Carr, 135th Airlift Squadron, with a plaque recognizing his 2006 overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010.  The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Schepers/Released)

Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger (left), Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (center) and Brig. Gen. James Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland (far right), present Staff Sgt. Robert Carr, 135th Airlift Squadron, with a plaque recognizing his 2006 overseas service during a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010. The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Schepers/Released)

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley applauds the men and women of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, during his opening remarks at their welcome home ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010.  The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Schepers/Released)

Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley applauds the men and women of the 175th Wing, Maryland Air National Guard, during his opening remarks at their welcome home ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base, Baltimore, Md., June 13, 2010. The men and women of the 175th Wing were commended for their service in the Global War on Terrorism over the past ten years. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Chris Schepers/Released)

BALTIMORE -- Members of the Maryland Air National Guard's 175th Wing who deployed in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq were honored today at a ceremony at Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md.

The Hometown Heroes Salute ceremony, in which returning members were presented with a personalized award commemorating their overseas service, was attended by Gov. Martin O'Malley; Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger; Brig. Gen. James Adkins, the adjutant general of Maryland, and other dignitaries.

During the ceremony, 10 members representing more than 1,200 Maryland Air Guardsmen who have deployed since Sept. 11, 2001, were honored - one for each year since the war began.

The Hometown Heroes Salute is a tiered program, wherein military members and their families are recognized based on the length of their deployment. Guardsmen who have deployed for 30 to 179 days receive a framed letter of appreciation from the director of the Air National Guard and the Air National Guard command chief. Members who deployed for 180 to 365 consecutive days receive a framed American flag. Members deployed for longer periods of time receive a statue of an eagle.