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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