Strike Fighter Squadron 81 (VFA-81) "Sunliners" Homecoming at NAS Oceana
Photographer: Mike Lynaugh - April 12, 2010
 
On April 12, 2010 I was privileged to be able to attend the homecoming of Strike Fighter Squadron 81 as they returned home to Naval Air Station Oceana following a 3 month deployment which included a humanitarian deployment to aid the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  The squadron received the Humanitarian Service Medal for their disaster relief efforts.

I would like to thank Mike Maus, Kelley Stirling, and the family members and aviators of VFA-81 for permitting me to be a part of this amazing event, it is something I will never forget.

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3 year-old Grady Bowman waves an American flag in anticipation of his Dad, Lt. Commander Geoff Bowman's, return home. Lt. Cmdr. Bowman and his fellow aviators of VFA-81 "Sunliners" returned home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh A "blue shirt" from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" awaits VFA-81's return home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
A formation of 10 F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" over-fly NAS Oceana during their return home following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh A formation of 10 F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" over-fly NAS Oceana during their return home following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" break for landing at NAS Oceana during their return home following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" over-fly NAS Oceana during their return home following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
The family of Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi watches him as he returns home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh The family of Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi watches him as he returns home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
3 year-old Grady Bowman gives a big thumbs-up to his Dad, Lt. Commander Geoff Bowman, as he and his fellow aviators of VFA-81 "Sunliners" return home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Family members of VFA-81 aviators wait in anticipation as they return home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Family members of VFA-81 aviators wait in anticipation as they return home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh The family of Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi watches him as he returns home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Family members of VFA-81 aviators wait in anticipation as they return home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Family members of VFA-81 aviators wait in anticipation as they return home to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi's F/A-18 Hornet from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" returns home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh The CAG jet from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" after it's return home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi's F/A-18 Hornet from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" waves to his awaiting family as he returns home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh F/A-18 Hornets from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" after their return home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Lieutenant Commander Chad "Petey" Schumacher is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Lieutenant Commander Chad "Petey" Schumacher is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Lieutenant Commander Chad "Petey" Schumacher is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi is welcomed home by his family after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
3 year-old Grady Bowman gives a special "welcome home" card that he made for his Dad Lt. Commander Geoff Bowman.  Lt. Cmdr Bowman and his fellow aviators of VFA-81 "Sunliners" returned home today to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Lt. Dan Krause is welcomed home by his wife Jessica and daughter Kolbey after he and his fellow aviators from VFA-81 "Sunliners" returned to NAS Oceana following a 3 month cruise on the USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Lieutenant Landon "Fistmeet" Foster is welcomed home by his wife after returning to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Lieutenant Landon "Fistmeet" Foster is welcomed home by his wife after returning to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
An aviator from VFA-81"The Sunliners" is welcomed home by her family after she returned home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Lieutenant Commander James "Cheeze" Presler is welcomed home after returning to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
The CAG jet from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" after it's return home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Lieutenant Commander Chad "Petey" Schumacher is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
The CAG jet from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" after it's return home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Commander John"Cheezy" Capizzi's F/A-18 Hornet from VFA-81 "The Sunliners" after it's return home to NAS Oceana following a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Commander John "Cheezy" Capizzi is welcomed home by his family after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh Lieutenant Commander Chad "Petey" Schumacher is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh
Lieutenant Commander Chad "Petey" Schumacher is welcomed home by his daughter after returning to NAS Oceana from a 3 month deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson.   Mike Lynaugh