NEW INFO: Marines Deploy From Camp Lejeune

As part of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan surge, 200 Marines packed their bags and said goodbye to their families Wednesday morning as they deployed to the war.

This round of Marines from the Camp Lejeune-based 1st Battalion, 6th Marines.

"Brought my family down for the weekend and just enjoying what time I have with them," Lance Corporal Manuel Cervantez told WITN as he waited for his first deployment to begin.

While some Marines played cards, others tried to catch a last minute nap as they waited on transport planes to load up.

Earlier this month President Obama ordered 30,000 additional troops be sent to Afghanistan. More than 1,500 Marines from Camp Lejeune are expected to leave before Christmas and an additional 6,200 are set to follow next year.

"For our younger guys we try to talk to them and help them out on what to tell their families," said Lance Corporal Paul Schroeder.

The Marines are the first of the 30,000 to head to Afghanistan. A platoon leader says they're ready for whatever meets them in combat.


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  • by Candace Location: Camp LeJeune on Dec 27, 2009 at 03:57 PM
    My husband is the section leader of Bravo Co. of 1/6 Hard! I am so very proud of him and our son and I miss him everyday!
  • by courtney Location: iraq on Dec 19, 2009 at 10:21 PM
    I am deplyoed right now too,Its hard being away from family an friends expecially during the hoidays, keep your heads up, be safe guys, merry christmas!
  • by karen Location: new jersey on Dec 17, 2009 at 04:18 PM
    My son is from the 1/6 and left today. We wish the marines in 1/6 to be safe Marinemom in nj
  • by Heidi on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:57 PM
    My son was one of those Marines shipping out in the early hours of this morning. He is trained and ready to go, and the military have reasons for the timing of their activities. We will celebrate Chrismas when he comes home!!!! YEAY FOR HOMECOMINGS! Go 1/6!
  • by millie Location: indianola ms on Dec 16, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    I want every that have been deployed is in my prayers and for the ones that have not been deployed yet I am praying for you all and your family because I have a son over there .
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Dec 16, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    Semper Fi, thanks all you guys and gals for your service. Thanks to your family and may God bless you all.
  • by Someone's Mom Location: Pitt Co on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:04 AM
    It has already been said, but I'll say it again: Thank you to all the armed services for your sacrifices. We owe you a big one upon your return.
  • by BILL Location: ROBERSONVILLE on Dec 16, 2009 at 09:00 AM
    GOD BE WITH YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FOR KEEPING AMERICA SAFE.
  • by New Yorker Location: New York on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:49 AM
    May all of our prayers be with these men and women. May their families be blessed with pride.
  • by Wanda Location: Beaufort County on Dec 16, 2009 at 07:44 AM
    My prayer is that God will bless them and their families. They are doing a great service for us all. We shouldn't take our freedom for granted because someone earned it for us. I do not like it that they have to be away from their families during the CHRISTmas season. No one should have to do that. But I know these men and women are very proud to serve their country and they are willing to do whatever is needed. I want to thank them and their familes both. Without the support from their family they could not do what they do.
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