Operation Welcome Home Maryland opens its arms to U.S. troops

Operation Welcome Home Maryland greets incoming troops from the theater of war, making sure their first encounter home is positive.

Operation Welcome Home Maryland team leader Anne Church, left, leads volunteers and friends and family in the Pledge of Allegiance before the arrival of a Delta charter flight bringing troops home at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. There were 362 people on the Delta charter flight, which made several stops in the mid-East and Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany before bringing people home. More flights came in over the weekend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Operation Welcome Home Maryland team leader Anne Church, left, leads volunteers and friends and family in the Pledge of Allegiance before the arrival of a Delta charter flight bringing troops home at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. There were 362 people on the Delta charter flight, which made several stops in the mid-East and Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany before bringing people home. More flights came in over the weekend. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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