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."