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Welcoming events are boost to returning Guard members

Spc. Tiffany Sutton of Company E 427th Brigade Support Battalion, embraces her 2-year-old son Aiden Sutton and greets her son Silas Sutton, 8, after a year long deployment in Afghanistan Wednesday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Spc. Tiffany Sutton of Company E 427th Brigade Support Battalion, embraces her 2-year-old son Aiden Sutton and greets her son Silas Sutton, 8, after a year long deployment in Afghanistan Wednesday.
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If Command Sgt. Major Frank Wicks had a choice, he'd be on the tarmac to greet all of the National Guard soldiers returning home from overseas. And as the top enlisted soldier in the state, he makes a concerted effort to be at every homecoming possible. Wicks was there to greet Guard members disembarking from three of the four airplanes that brought them home from Afghanistan last week, even though it meant traveling hundreds of ...

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