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Connecticut Army National Guard welcomed home

State officials and family members gathered for an official Welcome Home ceremony to honor the Connecticut Army National Guard's 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, (TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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Kaylie Smith, 2, of Bristol, hangs on to her dad, Master Sgt. Jimmie Smith, and his cap following a formal Welcome Home ceremony to honor the Connecticut Army National Guard's 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, (TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013. Smith serves with the MWD of Newtown.

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National Guardsmen bow their heads during the benediction of a formal Welcome Home ceremony to honor the Connecticut Army National Guard's 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, (TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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From left, Specialist PJ Mickens of Colchester, Robert Bailey, Connecticut Junior Vice Commander of the VFW, and Specialist Joey Mingola of Ledyard, admire Mingola's National Guard Team medal following a formal Welcome Home ceremony to honor the Connecticut Army National Guard's 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, (TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013. Mickens and Mingola both serve with the 1109th TASMG.

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Major General Thaddeus J. Martin, the adjutant general and commander of the Connecticut National Guard, addresses the 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group,(TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown during a formal ceremony to welcome them home at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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Matthew Marrotte Jr., 6, of Griswold, waves two U.S. flags following a formal Welcome Home ceremony to honor his father, Sgt. Matthew Marrotte Sr., and the other soldiers of the Connecticut Army National Guard's 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, (TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013.

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Staff Sgt. Stephen Daniel of Stratford is welcomed home with a handshake from Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy during a formal Welcome Home Ceremony to honor the Connecticut Army National Guard's 1109th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, (TASMG), of Groton and the Military Working Dog Detachments, (MWD), of Newtown at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford Saturday, July 27, 2013.