The reunion of deployed Marines and their loved ones took place aboard Cherry Point in Havelock early Wednesday.
Cherry Point public information officials said the Marines landed at the base around 4:30 a.m. and were expected to be meeting with family and friends by 5:30 a.m. They had to return their weapons to the armory before the homecoming could officially take place.
The North Carolina "Hammerheads," as they are known, represent the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing. They had been deployed to Afghanistan.
The group returning is known as North Carolina's "Hammerheads."
The Marine Corps says the members of the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing operated out of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan. They worked as a single squadron with HMH-361in support of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward).
Officials expect family and friends to welcome the Marines home, along with a small ensemble from the 2nd MAW Band and the mobile USO.