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Camp Lejeune Marines reunite with family following deployment

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -

Smiles and cheers filled a Camp Lejeune maintenance bay as 130 Marines and Sailors came back from deployment on Monday.

The service members were deployed to southern Afghanistan for six months as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The Marines and Sailors reunited with their family and friends, exchanging hugs, kisses, and even a few tears.

Military wives who don't hear from their Marine or Sailor for a while on deployment often call the family readiness officer on base to check if they're OK.

Some Marines say the hardest part about overseas is not getting to talk to their loved ones on a regular basis.

"It was rough," said LCpl. Adam Kowalski, a Camp Lejeune Marine. "It kind of sucked, but as long as I'm here now, right? I got back home safe."

The service members who came home are part of Combat Logistics Regiment 2, which gives tactical support to units in southern Afghanistan.

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