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More than 170 members of the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team returned home after spending more than 8 months in Afghanistan.

Let’s remember to keep our troops and their families in our prayers. Caption: Sgt. Matthew Parson hugs a loved one during the 303rd Tactical Psychological Operations Company Mobilization Ceremony. Parson will travel to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for mobilization training then will deploy to Afghanistan to conduct military information support operations with the Marines. (DVIDS photo by Sgt. 1st Class Andy Yoshimura. Used with permission.)

Headed to Afghanistan to Get My Daddy! - MilitaryAvenue.com

Lt. Michael P. Murphy...........Patriot / Hero / Warrior........Medal of Honor Winner...........Gave his life for his fellow servicemen and his Country in Combat - Afghanistan

Please meet Landon.. his dad Marine LCPL Carpenter made the ultimate sacrifice while serving with the 3/8 in Afghanistan earlier this year.. a month before his son was born. Never forget the price of freedom.

Cpl. Kyle Carpenter was presented the Medal of Honor June19, at the White House. Carpenter was the second living Marine to receive the award since the start of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Navy Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman Died August 6, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom 27, of Willits, Calif.; assigned to a West Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit; died Aug. 6 in Wardak province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the CH-47 Chinook helicopter in which he was riding was shot down.

WELCOME HOME! 5-month-old Ayanna waits to meet her Marine father for the first time when he and his unit, Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 362, return home Sept. 14 to MCB Hawaii from their Afghanistan deployment. She was born approximately two months after the unit deployed. Nearly 150 Marines and Sailors, including others from 3rd Marine Regiment, returned to Hangar 105 and a crowd of cheering service members, families and friends. (Photo from Marine Corps Base Hawaii.)

Traci Wise: I found my son sitting having a moment with his daddy (SFC Benjamin Wise) the other day. We lost him January 15 in Afghanistan… we cannot forget about the incredible loss these children must undertake.” ||Heartbreaking. REALLY makes me resent people like the MSNBC host who was conflicted about calling fallen soldiers heroes....The man in that picture is a hero to his son.

Lance Cpl. Jason Hallett and Staff Sergeant Michael R. Gilio, both of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are reunited at the unit’s homecoming from Afghanistan earlier this week. Hallett has been recuperating at Bethesda Naval Medical Center since being wounded in October 2010.

Marine Sgt. Bradley W. Atwell, 27, of Kokomo, Indiana. Died September 15, 2012, serving during Operation Enduring Freedom. Assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aircraft Group 13, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Miramar MCAS, San Diego, California. Based in Yuma, Arizona. Died at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.