Troops Return From Afghanistan

It's a big homecoming for many families in eastern Carolina as 1,700 Marines and Sailors are returning from Afghanistan.

The Marines and sailors are part of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit from Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air
Stations New River and Cherry Point.

The troops will be making their way home for the next several days after a seven-month deployment that took the unit to the U.S. European Command and U.S. Central Command areas of operations.

The 22nd MEU was the first Marine Expeditionary Unit to deploy with the MV-22B Osprey and was the first unit to introduce the
aircraft into Afghanistan when it transferred its Ospreys to forces in Camp Bastion.

"The 22nd MEU made a difference during our deployment, whether it was through community relations projects in various ports in Europe and the Middle East, or through theater security cooperation events that continued to strengthen relationships with our partners in Europe and the Middle East," said Col. Gareth F. Brandl, commanding officer of the 22nd MEU.


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  • by Robert Lewis Location: myrtle beach on Dec 4, 2009 at 02:16 PM
    thank you
  • by Danielle Location: LOUISIANA on Dec 4, 2009 at 11:38 AM
    my big brother is a returning Marine today. and just in time, his baby girl's first birthday is tomorrow. love you Dane.
  • by Andrea Location: Michigan on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    Today my little brother will be amongst those brave men returning home today. I am so proud of him. I wish I could be there to greet him, but want him to know that I love him and have missed him. Thank God he has returned home to see his lovely wife and son today. I love you Cody. ehh rahhh
  • by Anonymous Location: Kenansville on Dec 4, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    Glad you are home safe with your families especially during this holiday season. Thank you for your bravery and sacrifices.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Dec 4, 2009 at 09:46 AM
    Welcome home and thank you for your service and the sacrifices of your families.
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