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.