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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.
The Brenninkmeyer [cq] family, including brother Charles, 14, and sister Caroline, 12, from Falls Church, Va. (mom asked not to have her name used) wait for the arrival of their dad/husband, Maj. Oscar Brennikmeyer, U.S. Air Force, on a Delta charter flight arriving at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. Maj. Brennikmeyer has been in Afghanistan for the last six months. The 28th was son Charles' 14th birthday, and he said that having his dad come home was the best birthday gift ever. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)