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US Marine Staff Sergeant Chris Carlson kissed his wife, Kasie, as she held their 21-month-old son Ryan during the homecoming of Helicopter Squadron 466 from Iraq on July 22, 2003, at Miramar Marine Corps Air Station in San Diego. His squadron's routine six-month deployment became more than a year spent overseas due to the war in Iraq, making it one of the longest deployed units in the Marine Corps.

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