Operation Welcome Home, Families, Santa Welcome Troops Home for Holidays

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Operation Welcome Home volunteers and eager family members greet U.S. military members at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. The troops returned to the United States for the holidays after months of service abroad. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • Operation Welcome Home volunteers greet a U.S. airman upon his arrival at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. The airman was among 260 U.S. troops returning home for the holidays after months of service abroad, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • A happy mother embraces her servicemember daughter at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md.,  Dec. 22, 2010. The daughter arrived in the United States with 260 other military members after months of service abroad. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • A Operation Welcome Home volunteer greets a U.S. airman upon his arrival at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • Operation Welcome Home volunteers greet a U.S. airman upon his arrival at  the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • A U.S. airman and Operation Welcome Home volunteer embrace with a handshake upon the airman's return to the United States at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • Santa Claus greets a returning U.S. airman upon his arrival at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md.,  Dec. 22, 2010.  DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • Julia Morris admires her husband, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Travis Morris, at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. Travis returned home just in time for the holidays after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • U.S. military members are greeted by Operation Welcome Home volunteers at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden
  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gursimran Shergill hugs his nephew Tajwar at the Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, Md., Dec. 22, 2010. Shergill arrived home just in time for the holidays after being deployed for several months to Afghanistan. DOD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden