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Refueling squadron returns from Afghan duty

Posted October 20, 2008 9:59 a.m. EDT
Updated October 20, 2008 11:29 a.m. EDT

— More than two dozen Marines in an aircraft refueling squadron are back at their North Carolina base after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reported that the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron-252 came back Sunday on a U.S. Airways flight to Coastal Carolina Regional Airport at New Bern.

The unit is based at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock.

Families and a Marine band greeted the troops who had traveled two days straight to get home.

Sally Young of Havelock waited for her husband David, who has been deployed during half of their 28-year marriage. She said this deployment was the hardest for her.

Meanwhile, more than 40 Airmen from Pope Air Force Base will return from their four-month deployment Monday and Tuesday evening.

The Airmen, from the 2nd Airlift Squadron, were replaced by more than 40 other Pope Airmen who deployed from the same squadron Oct. 10. Pope’s rotational deployments to Southwest Asia include C-130H aircraft from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 440th Airlift Wing.