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More than 100 children of base personnel received free backpacks and received a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year as part of nonprofit Operation Homefront's Back to School Brigade. Above, Nichole Riley, third from left, whose husband is a petty officer at the U.S. Coast Guard base on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, helps Allie Loftis, 9, from left, Cadence Loftis, 8, and Luke Loftis, 9, on Aug. 7. At top photo, Chief Warrant Officer Doug Leavell guides soon-to-be third-grader Jonathan Edwards, 8, and fifth-grader Melissa Edwards, 10, through the selection of school supplies.


Chief Warrant Officer Doug Leavell guides soon-to-be third grader Jonathan Edwards, 8, and fifth grader Melissa Edwards, 10, through the selection of
Chief Warrant Officer Doug Leavell guides soon-to-be third grader Jonathan Edwards, 8, and fifth grader Melissa Edwards, 10, through the selection of school supplies at the U.S. Coast Guard base on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, while their mom Tracy Edwards stands by. More than 100 children of base personnel received free backpacks, and were able to pick out a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year, part of nonprofit Operation Homefront's Back to School Brigade. (D. Ross Cameron/Bay Area News Group)


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