Families came together Sunday morning at Cherry Point to say goodbye for now to their loved ones heading off to Iraq.
We caught up with some Marines who say sometimes it is hard to say good bye.
Sunday morning around 430 am at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.
Soldiers of the Marine Wing Headquarter Squadron number 2 or MWHS-2 got ready to head to Iraq.
Lt. Nick Mannweiler said, " (I) had plenty of advance notice. So I had time to mentally prepare for it."
Sgt. Charlotte Lane echoed those thoughts. " I'm used to leaving people. People being in the service. You come and go." Although she did say she got a little teary eyed when she had to say good-bye to her husband and her four step children.
It was a day of getting your belongings together, holding hands one last time and holding on tight. These Marines are expected to be in Iraq for a year.
" I've watched my kids grow-up in pictures," says Sgt. James Jordan. "More than most people. It's tough," he continued.
Sergeant James Jordan is now heading to his 7th deployment. He's spent so much of his life serving his country he says he has missed out on some of life's pleasantries.
I've missed some of the biggest days of my kids life growing up. My daughters' graduation from High School. I was lucky to be back for her wedding. So things like that (are) tough."
Only 60 of the few and the proud are heading out .They're expected to be joined by nearly 200 more Marines in the next few weeks according to Cherry Point information officers.
There job in Iraq will be to help with administrative functions. Sergeant Jordan says it's bigger than that. It's also about freedom.
"We're lucky to be born in this country. Because they don't have that same freedom and there getting a taste of it now and they want more and I'm willing to fight to give it to them."
Some of the Marines say what they'll miss the most is being able to make their own dinner.
All of the Marines we spoke with were doing at least their second tour in Iraq.