Above: California National Guard Spc. Patrick Polk, left, of Richmond, holds daughters Serena, 6 months, and Aalijah, 4, while Sgt. Gene Gilliam, of Pittsburg, meets his 9-month-old son, De'Jarie, for the first time in person on Tuesday at Oakland International Airport. About 90 members of the California National Guard 349th Quartermaster Company, based in Vallejo, returned to the Bay Area on Tuesday after a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan.

Left: Sgt. David Hermosillo, of Tracy, kisses and hugs daughter Genevieve, 6, as his wife, Eugenia, holding their 3-year-old son, Trevor, wipes tears away.

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