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9th Communication Battalion home for the holidays

Eight-year-old Alex Velasquez waits for his father, Staff Sgt. Andres Velasquez, to return from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan just in time for the holidays at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Dec. 20. More than 100 Marines with 9th Communication Battalion returned, marking the first time the entire battalion has been home for 15 months. Andres, 28, from Oceanside, Calif., is a tropospheric scatter radio multi-channel operator with 9th Comm. Bn.



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This work, 9th Communication Battalion home for the holidays [Image 6 of 6], by Cpl Joshua Young, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.20.2012

Date Posted:12.31.2012 22:58

Photo ID:808204

VIRIN:121220-M-PF875-001

Resolution:2000x1333

Size:450.1 KB

Location:CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:OCEANSIDE, CA, US

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