More than 100 Marines and Sailors returned to MCAS Cherry Point Tuesday after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Family and friends leaped into their loved ones arms as the Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2 came home.
One Marine says the squadron worked in extreme temperatures of more than 100 degrees for months.
Corporal Shakima Brown says It was an emotional roller coaster to be home and to see all those who came out just for their homecoming. "It touches your heart. People don't realize how much we go through when were away. It's a lot you sacrifice, a lot not being with your family, just the smallest things, not being able to hug your families or see them It's hard. "
The Marines provided electronic protection for all of NATO's international security assistance force.