Photos by VALLI FINNEY

  • Guiseppe 'Joe' Pirrone looks at his truck which was one of 15 seized by Lee County Sheriff's Office deputies as part of Operation Dual Identity,  locally known Operation Double Take. Pirrone was an unwitting buyer of a cloned vehicle from a local dealership, which cost him a business and possibly his home in addition to thousands of dollars.
  • Shannon DeForge and her boyfriend Air Force Reserve Senior Airman William H. Blair II share a laugh during a late-night Wednesday dinner shortly after his return to American soil from Kirkuk, Iraq. Blair and Tech. Sgt. Ralph Anthony hail from the Naples area and spent seven months in Iraq as part of the security of the Kirkuk base.
  • Family members, friends and airmen listen to welcome home speeches late Wednesday after members of the 482nd Security Forces Squadron based at Homestead Air Reserve returned from Kirkuk, Iraq. They were part of the 506th Expeditionary SFS.
  • Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Ralph Anthony, who also is a Naples Police Department sergeant, took a few moments to pose for this picture with his son, Tevan, 8, and Grace Griffin shortly after his return from Kirkuk, Iraq.
  • Shannon DeForge goes to the arms of her boyfriend, William H. Blair II of Golden Gate Estates Wednesday night seconds after he stepped off a bus. The Air Force Reserve senior airman and 35 other airmen return to American soil after spending seven months guarding a Kirkuk, Iraq, air base.
  • Betsy Varnold, the mother of Air Force Reserve Senior Airman William H. Blair II and his girlfriend, Shannon DeForge, all of Golden Gate City, hug the airman who had just returned home Wednesday evening from Kirkuk, Iraq. Blair and 35 other airmen including Tech. Sgt. Ralph Anthony of Naples served seven months in Iraq.
  • Betsy Varnold keeps hold of her son, William H. Blair II, a senior airman who returned to American soil Wednesday night after a seven month tour of duty in Kirkuk, Iraq.

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