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Kate Dumbaugh, in black, Kristine Becwar, in blue, and Sarah Abderrazzaq, in white, greet their loved ones as they arrive in a bus during a homecoming at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, on Tuesday, July 23, 2013. Approximately 50 soldiers from the 710th Ordnance Company, 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, 555th Engineer Brigade returned home after a seven-month deployment in Afghanistan, where they provided direct support to the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team and command and control of other EOD teams in the Panjwa’i District of Kandahar.

The war is winding down. Today, approximately 195 soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division return home at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Later this weekend, all the remaining 4th stryker brigade combat teams will reunite with their families along with approximately 50 more soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Ordnance Explosive Disposal (EOD) Battalion that will return home in early August.

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Tiffany Clute greets her “love muffin,” Staff Sgt. Clay Clute, as he meets his 2-month-old daughter, McKenna Clute, for the first time during a homecoming for the soldiers of 710th Ordnance Company (EOD) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday.

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The most innovative sign used candy bars to make a welcome-home note for a returning soldier of 710th Ordnance Company.

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Jace Pippert, 4, shows his father, Sgt. Justin Pippert, the biceps he developed while his father was away, as his mother, Summer Pippert, and his sister, Kylie, 7 months old, laugh during the homecoming for the soldiers of 710th Ordnance Company.