Marines return after 6 months in Afghanistan

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – More than 40 marines and sailors with the 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division arrived in San Diego Monday Homecoming at Camp Pendletonafternoon after a six month deployment to Helmand province, Afghanistan.

While in Afghanistan, they had the mission of safeguarding the Bastion and Leatherneck complexes. The regimental headquarters led more than 3,000 U.S. and coalition forces.

In an intimate homecoming, family and friends crowded an empty parking lot on Camp Pendleton an hour before the bus load of marines arrived.

Samantha Newbern was anxiously awaiting for her husband, Sergeant Nicholas Newbern. She gave birth to their first born, William Bentley, three months ago. The homecoming would allow Sgt. Newbern to meet his son for the first time.

“[Meeting my son for the first time] is pretty awesome. It’s amazing. I’m pretty happy about it,” Sgt. Newbern said.

Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Williams came home to his wife and two daughters, Madison and Isabella. The girls said they e-mailed with their father during the course of his deployment.

“It’s been a long six months. It’s great to see green again and be around a lot of familiar faces,” CWO Williams said.