South Dakota Army National Guard Soldier Chief Warrant Officer 3 JD Rodriguez embraces his wife, Martha, at the Rapid City Regional Airport Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, after returning home from a four-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Rodriquez, of Rapid City, deployed with the South Dakota Army National Guard's Detachment 48 Operational Support Airlift Command in August as a C-12 King fixed-wing aircraft pilot. This was his second deployment; he first deployed with Det. 48 in 2008.
(SDNG photo by Staff Sgt. Theanne Tangen)