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Maj. John C. Norton holds his daughter, Rowan, for the first time during the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 homecoming May 14. Rowan was born during VMU-2’s deployment to Afghanistan.

Photo by Pfc. Cory D. Polom

Night Owls return to Cherry Point from Afghanistan

20 May 2011 | Pfc. Cory D. Polom

Families cheered and waved as the Marines and Sailors of Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 2 returned home to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., from Afghanistan May 14.

“It is great to have my husband home,” said Cera R. Boyle. “It feels awesome to finally be able to hold him and have the extra help with the baby at night.”

Marines with VMU-2 returned after a seven-month deployment.

“After the last six months it is good to be back home in my own bed,” said Cpl. Bernard F. Boyle III, maintenance control Marine with VMU-2. “Its going to be nice finally getting to hold my son after just meeting him for the first time.”

There were multiple new babies born into the VMU-2 family during this deployment.

“It is surreal,” said Maj. John C. Norton, Scan Eagle officer in charge. “This probably won’t really hit me ‘til I get home and finally get to hold her without her screaming.”

Norton’s wife Margo echoed the sentiments of the mothers at the return.

“Finally my children have their daddy back home,” said Margo. “I have my husband and my partner but my girls definitely need their father. I’m glad he and the rest of his unit are home safe.”

During their deployment, VMU-2 flew more than 2,500 combat sorties resulting in more than 24,000 flight hours.

“It was a lot of work but we got the job done,” said Boyle. “While deployed we kicked butt, and I’m glad we are home now. I got to hold my son for the first time; I got to feed him for the first time. This is the best feeling in the world.”

The unit provided aerial surveillance to Marines and coalition troops in southwestern Afghanistan using unmanned aerial vehicles. VMU-2 was replaced in Afghanistan by VMU-3, its sister unit out of Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.

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