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Band of AF Reserve returns from final deployment

Tech Sgt. Steven Moore, an audio technician with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, embaces his son Matthew during the welcome home celebration at the Macon Regional Airport, March 8. Moore and five other members of the band completed a nearly 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. Their return signaled the final overseas deployment for the band, which is slated for deactivation at the end of September 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Tech Sgt. Steven Moore, an audio technician with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, embaces his son Matthew during the welcome home celebration at the Macon Regional Airport, March 8. Moore and five other members of the band completed a nearly 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. Their return signaled the final overseas deployment for the band, which is slated for deactivation at the end of September 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Family members eagerly await the return of their loved ones at the Macon Regional Airport March 8. Six members of the Band of the Air Force Reserve completed a nearly 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. Their return signaled the final overseas deployment for the band, which is slated for deactivation at the end of September 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Family members eagerly await the return of their loved ones at the Macon Regional Airport March 8. Six members of the Band of the Air Force Reserve completed a nearly 4-month deployment to Southwest Asia. Their return signaled the final overseas deployment for the band, which is slated for deactivation at the end of September 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Byrd, left and Master Sgt. Douglas Tejada, guitarists with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, greet their fellow bandsmen after returning home from a nearly four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, March 8. They were part of a six-Airman deployment that played to small and large audiences throughout the theater of operations. Their return signaled the final deployment for the band, which will be deactivated in September, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Byrd, left and Master Sgt. Douglas Tejada, guitarists with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, greet their fellow bandsmen after returning home from a nearly four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, March 8. They were part of a six-Airman deployment that played to small and large audiences throughout the theater of operations. Their return signaled the final deployment for the band, which will be deactivated in September, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Byrd, left and Master Sgt. Douglas Tejada, guitarists with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, greet their fellow bandsmen after returning home from a nearly four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, March 8. They were part of a six-Airman deployment that played to small and large audiences throughout the theater of operations. Their return signaled the final deployment for the band, which will be deactivated in September, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Byrd, left and Master Sgt. Douglas Tejada, guitarists with the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, greet their fellow bandsmen after returning home from a nearly four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, March 8. They were part of a six-Airman deployment that played to small and large audiences throughout the theater of operations. Their return signaled the final deployment for the band, which will be deactivated in September, 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Tech Sgt. Frances Kness, Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve vocalist, hugs her daighters Deandra and Jade at the Macon Regional Airport March 8. Kness and five of her fellow bandsmen just completed a nearly four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, criss-drossing the area of operations to perform for the troops and to spread goodwill throughout the region. Their return marked the final deployment for the band, which will be deactivated at the end of September 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

Tech Sgt. Frances Kness, Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve vocalist, hugs her daighters Deandra and Jade at the Macon Regional Airport March 8. Kness and five of her fellow bandsmen just completed a nearly four-month deployment to Southwest Asia, criss-drossing the area of operations to perform for the troops and to spread goodwill throughout the region. Their return marked the final deployment for the band, which will be deactivated at the end of September 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Philip Rhodes)

U.S. Air Forces Central Band "Total Force", performs for the 451st Expeditionary Logistic Readiness Squadron Dec. 19, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The band had a chance to tour around base playing at several different work centers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Forces Central Band "Total Force", performs for the 451st Expeditionary Logistic Readiness Squadron Dec. 19, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The band had a chance to tour around base playing at several different work centers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Forces Central Band "Total Force", takes a photo with audience members Dec. 20, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The band had a chance to tour around base playing at several different work centers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

U.S. Air Forces Central Band "Total Force", takes a photo with audience members Dec. 20, 2012, at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan. The band had a chance to tour around base playing at several different work centers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder)

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Six members of the Band of the Air Force Reserve returned home to sounds of cheering loved ones and the Air Force song played by an ensemble of their fellow bandsmen at the Macon Regional Airport March 8

The Airmen completed a nearly four-month deployment as part of the U.S. Air Forces Central Band "Total Force" that performed throughout the Southwest Asia theater of operations to audiences as small as five people to as many as 800.

Calling the deployment rewarding, many said they would gladly go again, "but not right now," said Senior Airman Michelle Hooper, who plays keyboards, keytar and accordion for the popular music group Reserve Generation and concert band. 

This was the final deployment for the Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve as it winds down engagements in preparation for deactivation at the end of  September 2013. 

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