Hundreds of military families are preparing to say good-bye Thursday as some Cherry Point Marines deploy.
More than 300 Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 271, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion and individual augments from II Marine Expeditionary Force will deploy aboard the USS Gunston Hall LSD-44 at state port in Morehead City. The deployment will support Security Cooperation Task Force Southern Partnership Station - 2011.
Southern Partnership Station is an annual deployment of various specialty platforms to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility in Central and South America. The Marine Corps says the mission's primary goal is military to military information sharing throughout the region.