Marines Return To Cherry Point Today

A four-month deployment at sea ends today for Marines and sailors on the USS Iwo Jima. The service members will return to families and friends at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock. They are expected to reunite with loved ones at approximately 11 a.m.

The command element of the Continuing Promise 2010 Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task-Force is returning Tuesday. It is comprised primarily of troops from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing's Marine Air Control Squadron 2. Their mission included supporting humanitarian efforts in the Caribbean, and Central and South America, with visits to Haiti, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Guyana and Suriname.

"I went ashore in Costa Rica, Panama and Guatemala to pass out backpacks to children at their schools," said Cpl. Bryan P. Smith in a press release from the Marine Corps. Smith is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force planner with Marine Air Control Squadron 2. "The children were very happy to see the Marines, and I'm glad we were there to share the ecstatic moment with them."

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  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Nov 16, 2010 at 08:43 AM
    Great job! and WELCOME BACK! Now if there's to be any alcohol at your celebrations be sure there are "designated drivers".
  • by Frances on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:56 AM
    Welcome home and thank you for your service.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Nov 16, 2010 at 06:11 AM
    Welcome back! Thank you.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Nov 16, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    BRAVO ZULU, Marines and sailors!

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