Soldiers Homecoming

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Kristen Smith hugs her husband, specialist James Smith, for a long time once they are reunited during a welcome home ceremony for the soldiers of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking (TIN) company, which was held in gymnasium three on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The 518th provided communication support to telecommunication facilities and has been on a 9-month-deployment to Afghanistan. Sara Caldwell/staff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Family and friends wait for their loved ones to arrive to a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) PFC Octavia Smith, 21, holds a bouquet of colorful daisies after a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) SPC Zachary Becker stands at ease with fellow members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after arriving at Fort Gordon on Wednesday afternoon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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Staff Sergeant Luis Casanas kisses his three-year-old daughter Cheyenne Casanas on the cheek after the family has been reunited at the end of a welcome home ceremony for the soldiers of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking (TIN) company, which was held in gymnasium three on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The 518th provided communication support to telecommunication facilities and has been on a 9-month-deployment to Afghanistan. Sara Caldwell/staff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Mia Johnson, left, Jean Johnson, center, and Jalita Wyatt cheer as they see SPC McKinley Johnson IV walk in with his company for a welcoming home ceremony for the members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps arrive at Fort Gordon on Wednesday afternoon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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Jarrett Torrella (center, far left) sits with Peyton Pauley (red hair, center, left), Holly Clay (center, crying) and 17-year-old Devon Pauley as they all wait for specialist Connor Pauley to be dismissed from the company during a welcome home ceremony for the soldiers of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking (TIN) company, which was held in gymnasium three on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The 518th provided communication support to telecommunication facilities and has been on a 9-month-deployment to Afghanistan. Sara Caldwell/staff
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Kristen Smith hugs her husband, specialist James Smith, when they are reunited during a welcome home ceremony for the soldiers of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking (TIN) company, which was held in gymnasium three on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The 518th provided communication support to telecommunication facilities and has been on a 9-month-deployment to Afghanistan. Sara Caldwell/staff
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"Welcome Back" signs were seen near the building where a welcome home ceremony for the soldiers of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking (TIN) company, was held on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The 518th provided communication support to telecommunication facilities and has been on a 9-month-deployment to Afghanistan. Sara Caldwell/staff
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Welcome home messages are seen drawn on car windows in the parking lot near where a welcome home ceremony was held for the soldiers of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking (TIN) company, which was held in gymnasium three on post at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. The 518th provided communication support to telecommunication facilities and has been on a 9-month-deployment to Afghanistan. Sara Caldwell/staff
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) SPC Connor Pauley smiles as he is greeted by his mother Lori Pauley, left, and cousin Devon Pauley, right, during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time," Pauley's mother said.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps arrive at Fort Gordon on Wednesday afternoon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) PFC Octavia Smith, 21, holds a bouquet of colorful daisies after a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Soldiers greet their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps arrive at Fort Gordon on Wednesday afternoon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps arrive at Fort Gordon on Wednesday afternoon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) SPC Connor Pauley smiles as he is greeted by his mother Lori Pauley, left, and cousin Devon Pauley, right, during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time," Pauley's mother said.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Holly Clay, 20, center, cheers as she sees her boyfriend SPC Connor Pauley arrive to a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps arrive at Fort Gordon on Wednesday afternoon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Lori Pauley cheers as she sees her son, SPC Connor Pauley, for the first time during a welcome home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. "We've been waiting for this day for a long time," Pauley said.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jessica Yinh cheers as she sees her boyfriend SPC Justin Park during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Friends and family cheer for their loved ones as members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company arrive to Fort Gordon for a welcoming home ceremony after a nine month tour of Afghanistan on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Devon Pauley, 17, right, points out her cousin SPC Connor Pauley to his girlfriend Holly Clay, 20, during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Family and friends rush to their loved ones during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Devon Pauley, 17, cries as she sees her cousin, SPC Connor Pauley,during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jean Johnson hugs her son SPC McKinley Johnson IV during a welcome home ceremony at Fort Gordon for the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. "My baby boy is back," Johnson smiled as she squeezed her son. "He's my only son."
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Devon Pauley, 17, cries as she sees her cousin, SPC Connor Pauley,during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Peyton Pauley, 20, left, and her cousin Devon Pauley, 17, peak behind homemade signs as they see their brother and cousin SPC Connor Pauley arrive to a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) SPC McKinley IV kisses his fiancŽe Jalita Wyatt during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. Johnson proposed to Wyatt while over seas via Skype.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Friends and family wait for their loved ones to arrive to a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Jean Johnson hugs her son SPC McKinley Johnson IV during a welcome home ceremony at Fort Gordon for the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan. "My baby boy is back," Johnson smiled as she squeezed her son. "He's my only son."
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(Emily Rose BennettStaff) Roses in hand, Alexis Medina-Castro smiles as he waits to greet his wife, soldier Virginia Castro, during a welcoming home ceremony at Fort Gordon for members of the 518th Tactical Installation Networking Company of the Signal Corps after a nine month tour of Afghanistan.

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