More than 100 Marines from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) will begin their deployment to Afghanistan Thursday. They'll say goodbye to friends and family members at Cherry Point in Havelock.
The 2nd MAW is deploying to Afghanistan for the first time. The last time it was activated, the Marines were sent to Iraq, which was in2009.
These Marines are scheduled to relieve the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) as the aviation combat element in the Afghan southwestern regional command combined team with a primary mission of commanding and controlling all Marine Corps aviation assets.