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Cpl. Giovan Rodriguez kisses his 7-year-old daughter, Allyah, after returning from a nine-month deployment with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Force aboard the USS Bataan to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 26, 2014. Rodriguez is a powerline mechanic with Marine Attack Squadron 223.

Photo by Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics

22nd MEU Marines, Sailors return to Cherry Point

3 Nov 2014 | Cpl. Grace L. Waladkewics Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

110 Marines and Sailors with Marine Attack Squadron 223, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 274 returned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., Oct. 26, 2014 following a nine-month deployment aboard the USS Bataan with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Family and friends gathered at the VMA-223 hangar displaying “welcome home” signs and waving American flags as six MV-22 Ospreys circled overhead before landing on the runway.

“During the deployment, we performed several field operations,” said Sgt. Miguel Robert, a bulk fuel specialist with MWSS-274.

The mission of the 22nd MEU is to provide the United States with a forward deployed, amphibious force-in-readiness prepared to execute missions in all combat and military operations.

According to Robert, learning about and refueling the different types of aircraft was his favorite part of the deployment.

“The deployment went well, but if feels great for me to be home again,” said Robert.

According to Maj. Michael Murphy, executive officer of the air combat element with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 26 (reinforced), in preparation for the deployment, the Marines underwent three-months of pre-deployment and readiness training.

“During the deployment, the Marines supported the Central Command in the Middle East, performed embassy evacuation in Tripoli and provided support for the Iraqi crisis,” said Murphy.

According to Murphy, the Marines performed exceptionally well and the mission was a success.

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