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Spc. Mitchell Hughes, left, hugs his daughter Gracie Hughes, 5, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 after he arrived at the National Guard Armory Thursday in Bowling Green, Ky. Family and friends welcomed home 75 Kentucky National Guard soldiers from a six month deployment in Iraq. The soldiers are from Bravo Company, 149th Brigade Support Battalion, which is part of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. The brigade deployed more than 1,300 soldiers to Iraq in June in the Kentucky Guard's largest overseas deployment since World War II. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)

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