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Members of the Maryland Air National Guard were welcomed home by friends, Family and service members from their deployment to Afghanistan during a ceremony held at the Warfield Air National Guard Base in Middle River, Md., June 25 and 26.

More than 75 members of the Maryland National Guard were officially welcomed home during a Freedom Salute ceremony held at the Fifth Regiment Armory in Baltimore, Md., July 1, after their year-long deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

More than 250 members of the Maryland Air National Guard's 175 Wing, air crew and ground support personnel, returned from their 90-day deployment to Afghanistan in support of ongoing combat operations, July 14, at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport in Baltimore, Md. While deployed, the 175th Maintenance/Operations Group provided close air support to ground forces with the A-10C 'Warthog' Jet Fighters.

Friends, family and colleagues gathered at the Fallen Warrior Memorial Saturday, September 8, for an annual wreath-laying ceremony in honor of the Maryland National Guard Warriors who paid the ultimate price defending freedom. Twelve Citizen Soldiers, whose names are inscribed on the memorial, were remembered in today’s ceremony at the Camp Fretterd Military Reservation.

The Baltimore Ravens celebrated Veterans Day and honored veterans before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders at M Bank Stadium. Gov. Martin O’Malley invited members of the Maryland National Guard to join him in watching the game. The pregame salute included Veterans from all major conflicts since World War II and Guardsmen in Afghanistan greeted fans via a live feed to the stadium’s video boards. The national anthem was capped by an A-10 flyover by the Maryland Air National Guard.

The Maryland National Guard Honor Guard recognized a fallen Soldier during a memorial service Nov. 27, at the Charles Herbert Flowers High School in Upper Marlboro, Md. Master Sgt. Timmie Telsee, who recently passed away while on duty, was assigned to the Maryland National Guard Officer Candidate School as a Teach, Assess and Counsel non-commissioned officer.

Retired service members of the 29th Infantry Division celebrate Fourth of July at a Salute to Veterans tribute at North East Community Park in Cecil County, Maryland, July 3. The retired members participated by raising the U.S. flag while Maryland’s 229th Army Band played the National Anthem. (Photo by Sgt. Aimee Fujikawa)

Maryland Army National Guard Soldiers from Bravo Troop, 158th Cavalry Regiment, in Easton, Md., conduct an air extraction exercise using two Maryland Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters. Citizen Soldiers from units across Maryland are conducting their two-week annual training at Fort AP Hill, Va., June 9-23. (Photo by Maj. Rick Breitenfeldt)

23 Soldiers from Maryland National Guard Military Police units participated in Combat Lifesaver (ADT) Course offered through the 2nd Battalion General Studies at Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown, Md., Nov. 5-8.

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.)

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West Virginia National Guard Homecoming this past January! ADORABLE little one happy to see his Dad! The West Virginia National Guard's 156th Military Police Detachment is welcomed home.

Welcome to the City of Franklin, Minnesota's Catfish Capital! Franklin is located on State Highway 19 overlooking the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. Franklin hosts its annual Catfish Derby Days the 4th weekend in July. The area businesses and residents are known for their friendliness - visitors are welcome!

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