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At top, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Lucas Trachsel hugs his daughter Elizabeth after the aviation structural mechanic with the “Gray Wolves” of Electronic Attack Squadron 142 returned Saturday from a six-month combat deployment to Iraq. At left, Airman Dezaray Moore gets a big hug from a family member after stepping off the plane at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island. Roughly 150 members of VAQ-142 came home this weekend; the first squadron to return from Whidbey since the fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war last month. The squadron’s four Prowler aircraft are due back on Whidbey this afternoon.