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Marines offer insight into what lies ahead in Afghanistan

Posted October 6, 2011
Updated October 7, 2011

— Soldiers with Fort Bragg's 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade who arrived in Afghanistan this week to begin a year-long deployment crossed paths at Bagram Airfield with some Tar Heel state compatriots. A group of Marines from Camp Lejeune was ending its stint in the country, and they shared words of wisdom with the new arrivals.

The Marines advised the soldiers to make sure their loved ones stay just a phone call or a click of a mouse away. One of the busiest parts of the Bagram base is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation area where soldiers can call home, use Skype or get on Facebook to connect with families and friends.

"Being able to call home, get on the internet and email and stuff like that – it really helps out as opposed to years ago, we had to write letters," said Sgt. Edward Underwood.

Sgt. Charles Walker said he kept an eye on his family, even from a great distance.

"My wife would set up the camera in the living room, and I'd watch my 2 1/2-year-old son and my 5-month-old daughter, who I haven't met yet, move around the living room and interact with each other," he said.

 Afghanistan Marines, soldiers cross paths at Bagram

Staying in touch back home helped ease some of the stresses of deployment, Marines said. 

"You're always on the alert," said Lt. Troy Gross. "You learn to live with it and continue out the mission that you have to accomplish."

The Marines are schedule to reunite with their families Friday.

"For us to redeploy back to North Carolina is just a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. We're really looking forward to getting back to our families and friends," said Lt. Col. Dale Kruse.


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  • u stand corrected Oct 7, 2011

    CIA wants the opium. Flood our country with it. Lots of money flowing on the streets AGAIN. Just saying...

  • Henry Bourne Oct 7, 2011

    ""I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."..."

    Are you even listening to the words of what you're saying? Were Afghani's attacking our Constitution? Ever spend any time studying those domestic enemies? Like the ones that permit the groping of your wives and children at the airport.

  • rbynbir Oct 7, 2011

    I am thankful for all the men and women who serve this country and lay down their lives for others....no greater love

  • 1775 Oct 7, 2011

    "I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

    Locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver!

  • Walkin Man Oct 7, 2011

    I remember when I left Vietnam in 69 from Can Ranh Bay. I had just finished a year there as a Combat Medic. We were all lined up on the tarmac, before us sat a green, Braniff jet. I remember there were two stewardesses, one at the bottom of the stairs leading to the aircraft, one at the top. They were the first American girls we'd seen in a year. I could see other jets landing with soldiers who were just starting their tour. I couldn't help but feel sorry for them, how scared they must have felt, not knowing what was in store for them. We boarded the jet. It slowly taxied to the take-off point on the runway. It sat there for what seemed like an eternity. I realized that the cabin was dead silent. The plane started to move slowly, then faster and faster and then lifted off, banking to the right over the ocean. A loud cheer erupted in the cabin, we were finally on our way home. It's time to bring these brave men and woman home.

  • Henry Bourne Oct 7, 2011

    "Godspeed to the 82nd defending our freedom..."

    I appreciate those that volunteered thinking that they were going to go do good things for this country, but I just don't buy this whole defending freedom propaganda anymore. Afghani's weren't staging an invasion to the US. How is this war defending freedom? And before you say it, no I am not a liberal, I'm conservative. War is not conservative.

    Youtube: US military helping Afghan farmers grow opium

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    skyye - "...but when it comes to getting the most and losing the least--send in the Marines!!!"


    Nephew is stationed at Pendleton, but is in Afg right now, supposedly staging to head home.

    His battalion lost dozens upon dozens there this trip...dozens upon dozens - a huge tragedy for Pendleton we never hear about here in NC.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Oct 7, 2011

    Praying for them.

    Praying for those who love them.

    Praying one of the troops they passed returning home was our nephew.

    SEMPER FI!!!

  • too-obvious Oct 7, 2011

    thank you marines

  • IBleedRedandWhite Oct 7, 2011

    Godspeed to the 82nd defending our freedom and welcome home to the Marines who have spent the past year overseas! HOOAH and Semper Fi!