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Dogs of the home front

A homecoming.

U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katie Connelley hugs her dog upon her return to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13. She and 22 other members of the 79th Rescue Squadron were deployed to Southwest Asia for four months. They returned on a C-130J "Combat King II," and their families, friends, and squadron members greeted them warmly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Carolyn Herrick)
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katie Connelley hugs her dog upon her return to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13. She and 22 other members of the 79th Rescue Squadron were deployed to Southwest Asia for four months. They returned on a C-130J "Combat King II," and their families, friends, and squadron members greeted them warmly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Carolyn Herrick)
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Katie Connelley hugs her dog upon her return to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., July 13. She and 22 other members of the 79th Rescue Squadron were deployed to Southwest Asia for four months. They returned on a C-130J "Combat King II," and their families, friends, and squadron members greeted them warmly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Carolyn Herrick)

 

A homecoming.

Photo credit: CAROLYN HERRICK/U.S. Air Force

 

A homecoming.

Photo credit: CAROLYN HERRICK/U.S. Air Force

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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