Camp Lejeune Marines & Sailors Leave For Haiti

Military personal from across the nation, including right here in the east, are heading to Haiti to help aide in the rescue and recovery efforts.

More than 2, 000 Marines and Sailors from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit are heading to the disaster-ridden country in support of relief efforts for the earthquake victims.

The 22nd MEU left from the state port in Morehead City Friday afternoon on amphibious ships U.S.S. Bataan, Fort McHenry and Carter Hall. The unit recently returned from a 7-month deployment to U.S. European and central commands, and say they're ready to help the Haitians.

Camp Lejeune Marines are no stranger to Haiti. They provided humanitarian aid in 2008 after storms killed hundreds of people, and were there in 1991 and 2004 providing stability and support operations.

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  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:29 PM
    Oh... is that all I'm concerned about. Here and I thought I had a bunch of other things to be concerned about in life. TY so much for informing me of what I care about, Nikki. I would never have known.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    I showed that clip to my husband - a combat Veteran - and he was horrified too. How does THAT opinion strike you? There are more than a few people here who have a little regard for the standards. I don't see anything wrong with posting that if it's on someones mind. Just because someone does not put every teeny little thought they are having down in one post does not mean you have the smallest clue of what they think or feel. Get over yourself.
  • by Nikki Location: Jacksonville on Jan 18, 2010 at 03:31 PM
    listen its not the fact that you were talking about here hair as much as THATS ALL you seemed to be concered about! not once did you say anything about im proud of them for what they are doing or anything relating to the marines having to go over there! thats what upset me cause her hair seemed to be your biggest concern! its your opinion & you can think whatever you want about her hair but show atleast consideration for the marines who are over there helping! show a little compassion! & yes i know the regulatons for haircuts & yes my husband does have a proper haircut but seriously thats all your worried about! come on now!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:04 PM
    Actually, it DOES affect us, as is being discussed on the thread about Rush's statement. Our tax dollars go to our governement, which then in turn goes to Haiti without asking us if we care or not, or how to disperse it if we did want them to. I hope your husband comes home safely & quickly too, but I'm betting he has a "high and tight" and looks the way he should in his uniform.
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jan 17, 2010 at 02:18 PM
    Yes Nikki, I will go anywhere the military would need me. But just to make sure, ask your husband if guys can have hair half way down their backs, like i do. If they have changed the hair cut regulations for guys, I apologize and will go sign up right now. Until then I will say she looks like a marine girlfriend wearing her boyfriends cover.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 16, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    What do you mean UN troops, they are toy soldiers, their leaders like to sit in NY giving the US orders and complain about the US. Moon-pie likes doing fact finding missions to Paris, Brussels, London, Hong Kong and other places that are under duress.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Jan 16, 2010 at 02:56 PM
    How long will it be before we have to send armed troops?
  • by Nikki Location: Jacksonville on Jan 16, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    WOW!!! There was an earthquake that killed thousands of ppl in haiti& you are worried about critizing her hairstlye! thats so pathetic! get your priorites straight ppl! she is going over there & helping these ppl & all you care about talking about is her hair! my husband was one of the 2000 marines that had to go over there to help out & what are you doing, nothing! you want to sit here & talk about that when there are WAY more important things that are going on! get a freakin life! your not having to go over there & you arent affected by any of this in any way obviously so unless you are talking about supporting the troops then just shut your mouth & get over yourself! because the ppl whos husbands & wives had to leave on short notice have more important things to worry about!! my husband is my hero & i want him to just hurry up & come home to me & our son & all you care about is her hair! seriously grow up!!
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 16, 2010 at 09:12 AM
    Yeah, that revolted me too when I saw it. The old standard of allowing military women to have long hair just doesn't fly anymore. First of all, they ARE in combat situations now - and more and more. I wouldn't assume that because they are usually in the rear with the gear they will never be faced with a phyiscal confrontation.. it happens. The reasons for short hair are hygiene, and safety (nothing to grab onto in a fight). I could see having a few of inches of hair, but that shaggy mess was embarrassing. It looked like it was cut with some intention of a style & then was let go for far too long... and individual style is not your option or purpose when you're in the service. These new, looser restrictions just kill me sometimes. If the men aren't allowed to let their hair fall over the collar, why should the women?
  • by Chris Location: greenville on Jan 15, 2010 at 08:14 PM
    Who is the commander that let the marine in the video story with the same name have hair THAT unkept and long. That woman's hair is a disgrace to the corps, and discriminatory to the leathernecks and the high and tight.Semper Fi.
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