Big community turn-out for Army Capt. Jared Miller as he returns home from Afghanistan

Flew Chinook helicopters during one-year mission in war-torn country

Several hundred well-wishers from around Pleasanton joined in a rally to welcome home Army Capt. Jared Miller, 25, from a year's service in Afghanistan last night in front of his parents' home on Paseo Santa Cruz.

Despite brisk temperatures dropping into the 40s, the crowd waved banners and flags as Miller arrived in the neighborhood, led by the Warriors' Watch Riders motorcycle escort group that met him at San Francisco International Airport.

His parents Jan and Doug Miller, his older sister Ashley and his twin sister Reagan and her fiance Simon Maher joined in the tribute, led by Chris Miller and other members of the Pleasanton Military Families Support Group.

Also joining in the welcome home celebration were the Pleasanton and Livermore posts of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, the Lafayette Flag Brigade, Operation S.A.M. from Livermore, the Pleasanton Police Department represented by Capt. Eric Finn, Blue Star Moms of Danville and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department.

Pleasanton Vice Mayor Jerry Thorne also participated in the ceremonies, saying: "The men and women who wear the uniform of this country are among our most valued citizens and we are very, very proud of you. So on behalf of the City Council and a grateful community, welcome home."

During his year in Afghanistan, Capt. Miller flew Chinook helicopters. He said that as dangerous as his missions were, it is the military on the ground that's most at risk around the clock, getting shot at every day and with no safe haven to fly back to as helicopter pilots are able to do after their missions.

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Posted by Snapshot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Welcome Home Jared. Good to have you back for the holidays.
Thank you for your service to our country.
God bless and enjoy your well deserved time off with your family and friends.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Dec 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm

VIVA JARED! GORA GORA (VIVA) JARED! It's the true PATRIOTS like you that make America GREAT! VIVA!

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Posted by Spike
a resident of another community
on Dec 24, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Hey Captain,
Sorry I was not able to be there with you,but I was bringing home a
1st. Lt. as well. Your brothers and sisters are coming home for the holidays.I really hope you have a wonderful X-MAS with your family.
Your mom & dad are very good friends of mine.By the way ,I hope you
watched the Army/Navy game. " GO NAVY BABY " !!!

Warriors' Watch Riders, State Coordinator

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Posted by Snapshot
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 24, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Yes, Army vs Navy game....Go Navy Baby! LOL

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Posted by Patriot
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Dec 24, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Hi Jeb--great that you were able to attend another Welcome Home--this was really a great one with several hundred citizens present. I really want to thank all who came out on a chilly night to welcome Jared home--I know he appreciated all who came to welcome him back to his home town of Pleasanton. We truly do live in a great community and it is so good to see the patriotism at these events. Another one is happening this Saturday afternoon at 2:30 P.M. over on Driftwood Way.

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Posted by Bryan Welden (LFB)
a resident of another community
on Dec 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

It's great to read this welcome home was a big one!! I truly regret
missing giving you our 9-11 flag! I hope to see all you guys today
at Moyers welcome home! Good luck in the new year, and God Bless You!!
Bryan Welden Proud member of the "Lafayette Flag Brigade"

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Posted by Janis Mulhall
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 29, 2009 at 11:49 pm

God bless you Jared and welcome home. What a guy you are it was just amazing seeing how committed and how humble you are. You are a credit to Pleasanton and to your family. May God watch over you and keep you safe. Hugs, Janis Mulhall

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