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Whidbey Prowlers return home

Brock Illston, 6, tries Dad’s helmet on for size while Reese, 4, gives her father a loving look. LCDR Eric Illston and his crew flew home to NAS Whidbey Island Wednesday, and were greeted by friends, family and shipmates. - K.C. Pohtilla/Whidbey News-Times
Brock Illston, 6, tries Dad’s helmet on for size while Reese, 4, gives her father a loving look. LCDR Eric Illston and his crew flew home to NAS Whidbey Island Wednesday, and were greeted by friends, family and shipmates.
— image credit: K.C. Pohtilla/Whidbey News-Times

After six months aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, 180 members of Electronic Squadron 140 “Patriots” returned last week after supporting American and coalition troops in Afghanistan.

Four VAQ-140 EA-6B Prowler jets and maintenance and support personnel airlift arrived on Tuesday, July 28.

The squadron left in February 2009.

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