Family and friends welcome soldiers home

Family and friends welcome two C-130J aircraft to the 146th Airlift Wing Base with about 70 men and women each who had deployed to the desert earlier this year. Photos by Joan Pahoyo/Acorn Newspapers

JP263 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers NO NOISE…JUST DAD – Lincoln Miller, 4, is prepared with sign and earphones as he eagerly awaits his Dad’s return on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at the 146th Airlift Wing Base in Port Hueneme. Family and friends welcomed home two C-130J aircraft with about 70 men and women who deployed to the desert earlier this year.

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NO NOISE…JUST DAD – Lincoln Miller, 4, is prepared with sign and earphones as he eagerly awaits his Dad’s return on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at the 146th Airlift Wing Base in Port Hueneme. Family and friends welcomed home two C-130J aircraft with about 70 men and women who deployed to the desert earlier this year.

 JP271 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers WITH MUCH APPRECIATION – Lt Col Alex Pupich, the pilot of the C-130J aircraft that returned with about 70 men and women on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme, with his son, Nicholas, 2, in tow, reaches out to thank members of the “Patriot Guard Riders” for showing their respect and support to the men and women who returned home from a two and a half month deployment.


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JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers
WITH MUCH APPRECIATION – Lt Col Alex Pupich, the pilot of the C-130J aircraft that returned with about 70 men and women on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme, with his son, Nicholas, 2, in tow, reaches out to thank members of the “Patriot Guard Riders” for showing their respect and support to the men and women who returned home from a two and a half month deployment.

 JP270 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers BELLY LAUGHS – Lt Col Alex Pupich, the pilot of the C-130J aircraft that returned with about 70 men and women on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme, makes his son, Nicholas, 2, laugh as they get ready to leave the base to go home. Lt Col Pupich flew the aircraft from Sigonella Naval Base in Sicily with a cracked windshield across the Atlantic.


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JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers
BELLY LAUGHS – Lt Col Alex Pupich, the pilot of the C-130J aircraft that returned with about 70 men and women on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme, makes his son, Nicholas, 2, laugh as they get ready to leave the base to go home. Lt Col Pupich flew the aircraft from Sigonella Naval Base in Sicily with a cracked windshield across the Atlantic.

 JP269 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers ALL CRACKED UP – Michael Sullivan looks out of the cockpit of the C-130J aircraft that returned with about 70 men and women on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. The aircraft suffered a crack in the windshield shortly after take off from Sigonella Naval Base in Sicily.


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ALL CRACKED UP – Michael Sullivan looks out of the cockpit of the C-130J aircraft that returned with about 70 men and women on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. The aircraft suffered a crack in the windshield shortly after take off from Sigonella Naval Base in Sicily.

 JP268 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers HOMECOMING DELIGHT – Sr Master Sgt Jeff Bernick of the 146th Airlift Wing embraces his two children, David, 10 and Sarah, 8, as they welcomed their Daddy home from deployment on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. David greeted his Dad wearing a t-shirt his Dad got while serving in Afghanistan.


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HOMECOMING DELIGHT – Sr Master Sgt Jeff Bernick of the 146th Airlift Wing embraces his two children, David, 10 and Sarah, 8, as they welcomed their Daddy home from deployment on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. David greeted his Dad wearing a t-shirt his Dad got while serving in Afghanistan.

 JP267 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers WELCOME HOME DADDY – Major Jared Miller of the 146th Airlift Wing carries his two children, Lincoln, 4, and Ava, 2, as they welcomed their Daddy home from deployment on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. Family and friends welcomed home two C-130J aircraft with about 70 men and women each who deployed to the desert earlier this year.


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WELCOME HOME DADDY – Major Jared Miller of the 146th Airlift Wing carries his two children, Lincoln, 4, and Ava, 2, as they welcomed their Daddy home from deployment on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. Family and friends welcomed home two C-130J aircraft with about 70 men and women each who deployed to the desert earlier this year.

H:EDITORIALPhotos�7July 2014JP-07-10-14 JP266 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers MOMENT OF HAPPINESS – Bailie Dawson is overwhelmed with joy to see her husband, Staff Sergeant Timothy Dawson (both from Oxnard) of the 146th Airlift Wing Base who returned home from deployment in Port Hueneme on Tuesday, July 9, 2014.

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MOMENT OF HAPPINESS – Bailie Dawson is overwhelmed with joy to see her husband, Staff Sergeant Timothy Dawson (both from Oxnard) of the 146th Airlift Wing Base who returned home from deployment in Port Hueneme on Tuesday, July 9, 2014.

 JP265 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers AMERICAN PRIDE – 1st Lt Nate Southwick waves the American flag from the C-130J aircraft that carried approximately 70 men and women of the 146th Airlift Wing returned home to Port Hueneme on Tuesday, July 9, 2014.  They were greeted by family and friends along with members of the “Patriot Guard Riders.”


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JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers
AMERICAN PRIDE – 1st Lt Nate Southwick waves the American flag from the C-130J aircraft that carried approximately 70 men and women of the 146th Airlift Wing returned home to Port Hueneme on Tuesday, July 9, 2014. They were greeted by family and friends along with members of the “Patriot Guard Riders.”

 JP264 146th Airlift Homecoming  JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers VETERAN APPRECIATION – Members of the “Patriot Guard Riders” showed their support and for the troops at the 146th Airlift Wing homecoming on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. They wanted family members to know they appreciate their service.


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JOAN PAHOYO/ Acorn Newspapers
VETERAN APPRECIATION – Members of the “Patriot Guard Riders” showed their support and for the troops at the 146th Airlift Wing homecoming on Tuesday, July 9, 2014 at Port Hueneme. They wanted family members to know they appreciate their service.

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