Military officials say two Marine
battalions will begin leaving Camp Lejeune this week for duty in
The 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion, 2nd
Marine Regiment are scheduled to begin departing Wednesday, with
about 300 Marines in the initial wave. The units total about
18-hundred troops and are assigned to the 2nd Marine Division.
The deployment is part of a planned rotation of Marine Corps
troops that began in January to replace California-based Marines.
A force of about 45-hundred Marines already has deployed to Iraq
as part of the rotation.