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A welcoming hug greeted Army Pfc. James Yancey on his return home from Afghanistan on Saturday night at the Walla Walla Regional Airport, where family, friend and fellow veterans were on hand as his flight touched down.

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For Walla Walla soldier, a warm welcome home

Dozens of people were on hand Saturday night to greet Army Pfc. James Yancey, who has spent most of the past year in Afghanistan.

WALLA WALLA -- After more than a year overseas, most of it in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Pfc. James Yancey came home Saturday night to a welcome party of close to 50 people at the Walla Walla Regional Airport.

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