It was a happy homecoming for families of dozens of Marines in the east.
More than 80 Marines with the Marine attack squadron 542, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing were reunited with loved ones Thursday morning at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. They returned from an 8 month deployment to the Mediterranean- even playing a part in the international effort in Libya.
So we're always ready to flex from mission to the next at times simultaneously supporting disaster relief or contingency operations or other operations, or other missions we are called on," said harrier attachment officer in charge Lt. Col. Shawn Hermley.
"The Marines are the best thing that every happened to him I look at the guys that are here and it's best of America," said proud parents Vincent and Alicia Losey.
Lt. Col. Shawn Hermley says out of the 8 months they only spent about 20 days on land or in a port.
Members of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based out of Camp Lejeune are returning home Thursday from an eight month deployment.
The troops expected home are from the Marine Attack Squadron 542 from Cherry Point. The group spent their deployment in the Mediterranean and Libya.
The Navy's Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group as a whole is scheduled to return to Norfolk Monday.