Around 1,000 Camp Lejeune Marines Return Home

About 1,000 Marines are bringing up the rear as the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit returns home to North Carolina after more than 10 months away on duty in northern Africa and Europe.

Capt. Binford Strickland says the Marines returning to Camp Lejeune on Sunday will complete the return of the unit's 2,300 members.

The 22nd MEU has been deployed since March, one of its longest deployments on record. Most units deploy for six to seven months. The unit supported operations off Libya, trained in Dijibouti, and also worked with Spanish and Romanian Marines.


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  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Feb 6, 2012 at 04:45 AM
    For the women and men that got back - The door is open and the Flag is flying - Thanks to each of you. Thanks to everyone of you!
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      by F Tee Square on Feb 6, 2012 at 07:21 PM in reply to Shine
      Wrap yourself in it, Shine. Your patriotic ramblings are getting old.
  • by Harold Location: NC on Feb 6, 2012 at 03:51 AM
    Welcome home and thank you for serving.
  • by Richard Location: California on Feb 5, 2012 at 07:55 PM
    My son came home yesterday. I would like to thank my son and all of his comrades for their service and for taking the risks to keep us safe from terrroists and others who ate America and all of the GREAT things our country stands for. God Bless America and all of our brave men and women who sacrafice so much to keep us safe.
  • by J Location: Kinston on Feb 5, 2012 at 05:59 PM
    My cousin came home today! Thank you for being a great soldier!!
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Feb 5, 2012 at 03:07 PM
    Thank you for your service.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 5, 2012 at 03:02 PM
    THANKS, for your service and WELCOME home.
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Feb 5, 2012 at 01:36 PM
    WELCOME HOME! Thank you for your service! I HUMBLY appreciate it!
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Feb 5, 2012 at 01:25 PM
    After reading this article, I had a startling thought; our soldiers are everywhere in the world; Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Puerto Rico, Africa, and more. I have to wonder how those people feel with the American presence imposed upon them. Why? How would we feel if we had soldiers from various countries patrolling our countrysides, our cities? I don't think Americans fully understand how other countries feel about our methods, because the average citizen does not have to deal with their soldiers too. I welcome thoughts about this.
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