Louisiana soldiers back home after year-long deployments

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Megan Gann, left, gives Spec. Derek Gann a kiss on the tarmac as Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company deplanes to return to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sgt. Jim Dunphy receives a kiss from Kristen Viator as Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returns to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Talaya Harris, 10, left, and Destinee Payton wait fro Sgt. Payton's arrival as the Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returns to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Sgt. ShaQuana Hudson has her hands full as children Marshall Hudson, 9, Anyia Hudson, 7, left, and Aundraay Hudson Jr., 3, right, embrace their mother as Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returns to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Rachel Hotard, left, gives Sgt. John Smicker a kiss as Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returns to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Maj. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, adjutant general for the Louisiana National Guard, right, greets Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returning to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Selina Bush, second from left in the red coat, and Kristen Viator, third from left, wave flags and cheer as Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returns to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Julie Hill, left, chats with Jaclyn Tisdale, right, as they wait for Hill's son Sgt. Jordan Hill to arrive as part of the Louisiana National Guards 922nd Engineer Company returning to family and friends during a welcome-home event at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport. Tisdale is the girlfriend of Jared Hill, Sgt. Jordan Hill's brother.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Staff Sgt. Richard Bush with Louisiana National Guard Unit 922 returned home Monday morning from a nine-month assignment in Kuwait. As mom Selina Bush, upper left, watches, Staff Sergeant Richard Bush is greeted by his two children, Leah Bush, 2, obscured, and Lailah Bush,5, left, in their classroom at Ascension Christian Elementary in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Staff Sgt. Richard Bush with Louisiana National Guard Unit 922 returned home Monday morning from a nine-month assignment in Kuwait. As mom Selina Bush, far left, watches, Staff Sergeant Richard Bush is greeted by his two children, Leah Bush, 2, left, and Lailah Bush, 5, right, in their classroom at Ascension Christian Elementary in Gonzales, LA.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Staff Sgt. Richard Bush with Louisiana National Guard Unit 922 returned home Monday morning from a nine-month assignment in Kuwait. He surprised his two children, Leah Bush,2, left, and Lailah Bush, 5) right, in their classroom at Ascension Christian Elementary in Gonzales.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Louisiana National Guard Adjutant General, Maj. Gen. Glenn Curtis, bottom, left, greets soldiers of the 205th Engineer Battalion as they deplane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion are greeted by generals and cadre as they deplane at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Chief Warrant Officer-3, Joe Todd Cook, from Tullos, La., cradles his 7-month-old son who was born while he was on deployment with the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion. His wife Amy, looks on, right, at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit returned.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- This sign was held by Chief Warrant Officer-3 Joe Todd Cook's wife, Amy Cook, as she waited to greet her husband with his 7-month-old son as the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion arrived at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Members of the Patriot Guard hold American flags as families wait to see their soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion as they arrive at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Capt. George Wiley hugs his son, George Willey, III, left and daughter, Erin Wiley, right, from Krotz Springs, after the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion arrived at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- welcomes the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Family members welcome their soldiers as the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion arrives at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Members of the Patriot Guard form a gauntlet as they welcome home the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Members of the Patriot Guard welcome the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- welcomes the Louisiana National Guard's 205th Engineer Battalion at the Baton Rouge Metro Airport Tuesday after the unit's year-long deployment to Kuwait.

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