Operation Welcome Home Maryland volunteers, including Dave Maisel of Catonsville, Md, clap as troops come home at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The welcome operation has greeted more than 800 flights and more than 180,000 soldiers home since its inception in March 2007. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Photo by: BARBARA L. SALISBURY

Operation Welcome Home Maryland volunteers, including Dave Maisel of Catonsville, Md, clap as troops come home at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012. The welcome operation has greeted more than 800 flights and more than 180,000 soldiers home since its inception in March 2007. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)