Marine Deployment Ceremony At Lejeune

North Carolina-based Marines will mark the start of their six-month deployment training with a ceremony at their base.

The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) headquarters will grow from 100 Marines and sailors to an air-ground task force of 2,200 during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune Wednesday. The unit will begin training for on a range of missions from humanitarian assistance to full-scale combat.

The ceremony marks the first time the 24th MEU will have MV-22 Ospreys and the first time the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment deployed with a MEU since their reactivation in 2007.

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