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Families bid farewell as Lejeune Marines deploy

Posted November 3, 2009

— More than 100 Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment deployed for Afghanistan early Tuesday. In all, 400 members of the Marine Corps from Camp Lejeune will join others on the front lines of combat for an eight-month tour of duty.

For many of those boarding the buses, combat is the reason they enlisted.

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“What you have is a very high number of Marines that have signed up during a period that we've been at war,” Maj. Brad Cowley said.

Those who have seen combat know what to expect. Staff Sgt. Jamie Green said, “It’s pretty much going to be the same thing I've seen in Iraq, just a little more advanced.”

“It’s kind of cool to go to Afghanistan now and be part of the main event,” Cpl. Robert Swift said.

The deployment may be old hat, but the danger has an added edge for Swift. He leaves behind a wife, Ashley, and a 6-week-old daughter.

“It’s the second one I'm going through, but it's the first one with a kid, so I'm a little nervous,” Ashley Swift said.

“I don't know if it’s just having a new baby or what, but I am really scared for this one.”

Lance Cpl. Joseph Ward will be away from his wife for the first time and will miss the birth of their first child. Their son is due in January.

“It’s the hardest thing I will have to do,” he said.

Before the battle begins, families gathered for a final round of photographs, hugs and positive thoughts.

"I know he's going to come back home safe," Jeneita Green said of her Marine.


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  • Eduardo1 Nov 3, 2009

    What in the world is a GLOBAL NAZI.?
    It appears that you are to young or uneducated to understand what
    the Nazi regime did to millions of Europeans, including: Clergy of all faiths, Catholics, Jews, Eastern Orthodox Russians, men, women children.
    Global NAZI, I would not be proud to have that as a name

  • tj12 Nov 3, 2009

    Go 3/10!!! You'll be back in no time- piece of cake... I had the honor of serving with 2/2. Don't listen to the political bs, just focus on the task at hand and get back safe. Semper Fi!

  • global nazi Nov 3, 2009

    i have a new baby boy and would dread having to leave him for a war all the way on the other side of the planet. these men and women are to be saluted and thanked for their commitment to god and country!

  • jrfergerson Nov 3, 2009

    May God send angels to keep you all safe and sound during your tour of duty to protect the American people. AMEN

  • midnightclay Nov 3, 2009

    God Bless Them and all of our troops. Take a few seconds to stop and say thanks to our service personnel when you see them. It only takes a few seconds and means the world to them.

  • Worland Nov 3, 2009

    Christmas is right around the corner. Just a reminder to get your "care packages" of goodies, magazines, cigars, cold weather gear, MP3 players, DVDs, air fresheners, etc... ready to ship to the troops. Don't forget those at Walter Reed and their families in the Fisher House. You can donate on-line.

  • raleighlynn Nov 3, 2009

    God bless. My son just reported to Marine boot camp at Paris Island, SC yesterday. My heart hurts for him and for these families who's brave children are serving our country. My prayers go out for all.

  • hywilson Nov 3, 2009

    Prayers for a safe return! Semper Fi!!!

  • UNC1985 Nov 3, 2009

    Semper Fi!

  • Southern Fried Yankee Nov 3, 2009

    God's speed and come home safely, Devil Dogs!!