The brave citizens who comprise the 140th Wing, Colorado Air National Guard, at Aurora's Buckley Air Force Base protect our state and the country at home and abroad. Here, we take an intimate look at these true hometown heroes. Photography by Tyler Stableford
Top: Both Staff Sergeant Joseph Imeraj (foreground) and Technical Sergeant Daniel Bateman (background) disembarked right into the arms of loved ones. Middle: On July 23, 2009, more than 250 airmen returned from a 60-day tour in Iraq and were met by more than 500 people at Buckley Air Force Base. Bottom: Staff Sergeant Scott Chambers returned to more than a welcome-home kiss from his wife, Jennifer Chambers. Their daughter, Jovan Brooklen Chambers, was born while he was away.