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Marines return to Lejeune following deployments

Posted February 6, 2012

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— Hundreds of Camp Lejeune Marines are returning to base this week following overseas deployments.

About 2,300 members of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit spent more than 10 months in North Africa and Europe.

"It feels awesome (to be home). We got everything done out there, and now it's time to be back here," Sgt. Corey Smith said.

"As a parent, with war and all, we kind of tried to persuade him in other directions, but this was his heart – nothing would do him but to be a Marine," said Nikki McDaniel, whose son returned home.

Meanwhile, about 150 Marines and sailors from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force are returning after a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. The group deployed approximately 500 Marines and sailors in support of the International Security Assistance Force.

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  • cjimmyray414 Feb 8, 2012

    GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU MARINES, AND OTHER SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN. I SAY THAT THE GOVERMENT SHOULD KEEP THERE NOSES OUT OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE WAR'S UPON WAR'S UNTIL THE END OF TIME, SO SAY'S OUR !! GOD!@READ THE !! BIBLE !!.

  • hp277 Feb 8, 2012

    Welcome home, Marines!

  • d1967cm Feb 7, 2012

    glad you made it home safe!!

  • d1967cm Feb 7, 2012

    Glad that you all made it home safe!!

  • Comfortably Numb Feb 7, 2012

    Welcome home Warriors!!! Semper Fi!!!

  • CestLaVie Feb 7, 2012

    Baby boom in 9 months!!!!