After a yearlong deployment to Iraq, more than 300 members of the California National Guard’s 1-140th Aviation Battalion returned home Monday to the Joint Force Training Base in Los Alamitos. The children of a returning guardsman hold a banner of welcome. Helicopter pilot Joe McNamara drapes a flag over his shoulders as he turns toward the crowd of family and friends assembled to greet the returning soldiers. Capt. Matt Jackson plants a kiss on the cheek of his son Jared after arriving back in California after a year in Iraq.