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‘This is Amazing’: Families Greet Marine Squadrons Returning to MCAS Miramar

Military‘This is Amazing’: Families Greet Marine Squadrons Returning to MCAS Miramar

Capt. Dillon Craig and his wife, Mesa, embrace upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris StoneCapt. Dillon Craig and his wife, Mesa, embrace upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris Stone

Jambalaya and gumbo were on the table for Marine Cpl. Tyler McIntyre as he returned Sunday to San Diego from a seven-month deployment to the Persian Gulf and Pacific.

McIntyre, of Lousiana, was one of about 60 members of the Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 (Reinforced) of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, the “Pride of the Pacific.”

His mother, Tracey Liberto, joined families of Marines that landed in their MV-22B Ospreys.

One by one, as many as nine of the vertical-takeoff aircraft arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Marines deplaned and were greeted by relieved families in a hangar.

“This is amazing,” said Capt. Donny Berton, greeted by his wife, Cecelia, and year-old son, William.

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Year-old William Berton grins as his father Capt. Donny Berton returns from deployment.Year-old William Berton grins as his father Capt. Donny Berton returns from deployment. Photo by Chris Stone Families gather at a Miramar hangar to greet their returning loved ones. Photo by Chris StoneFamilies gather at a Miramar hangar to greet their returning loved ones. Photo by Chris Stone An Osprey crew head to a hangar to meet family at Miramar. Photo by Chris StoneAn Osprey crew heads to a hangar to meet family at Miramar. Photo by Chris Stone A Marine captain is welcomed home from deployment at Miramar. Photo by Chris StoneA Marine captain is welcomed home from deployment at Miramar. Photo by Chris Stone Capt. Donny Berton and his wife, Cecelia, embrace upon his return. Photo by Chris StoneCapt. Donny Berton and his wife, Cecelia, embrace upon his return. Photo by Chris Stone Cpl. Tyler McIntire is welcomed home by his mother, Tracey Liberto. Photo by Chris StoneCpl. Tyler McIntire is welcomed home by his mother, Tracey Liberto. Photo by Chris Stone Lance Cpl. Brooke Jalbert (left) and Lance Cpl. Linda Riley return from a 7-month deployment. Photo by Chris StoneLance Cpl. Brooke Jalbert (left) and Lance Cpl. Linda Riley return from a 7-month deployment. Photo by Chris Stone Lance Cpl. Linda Riley dances as she checks in at MiramarLance Cpl. Linda Riley dances as she checks in at Miramar. Photo by Chris Stone Osprey crew members arrive at Miramar after a 7-month deployment. Photo by Chris StoneOsprey crew members arrive at Miramar after a 7-month deployment. Photo by Chris Stone Marine Jacob Hermelink is enthusiastically welcomed home by his mother. Photo by Chris StoneMarine Jacob Hermelink is enthusiastically welcomed home by his mother. Photo by Chris Stone George Gomez greets his girlfriend, Anna, and his unborn child. Photo by Chris StoneGeorge Gomez greets his girlfriend, Anna, and his unborn child. Photo by Chris Stone Three-year-old Dakota embraces her father Sgt. Major Charles Latour. Photo by Chris StoneDakota embraces her father, Sgt. Major Charles Latour. Photo by Chris Stone Three-year-old Dakota embraces her father Sgt. Major Charles Latour. Photo by Chris StoneDakota. 3, embraces her father, Sgt. Major Charles Latour. Photo by Chris Stone Mesa Craig jumps in the arms of her husband, Capt. Dillon Craig, upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris StoneMesa Craig jumps in the arms of her husband, Capt. Dillon Craig, upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris Stone Summer Greenwood greets her husband, J.D. Greenwood up his return. Photo by Chris StoneSummer Greenwood greets her husband, J.D. Greenwood, upon his return. Photo by Chris Stone Capt. Connor Higgins is hugged by his wife, Debbie, upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris StoneCapt. Connor Higgins is hugged by his wife, Debbie, upon his return from deployment. Photo by Chris Stone Osprey crew members deplane at Miramar after completing a 7-month deployment. Photo by Chris StoneOsprey crew members deplane at Miramar after completing a 7-month deployment. Photo by Chris Stone Capt. Connor Higgins get a welcome-home hug from his father, Ron. Photo by Chris StoneCapt. Connor Higgins get a welcome-home hug from his father, Ron. Photo by Chris Stone White Knight patches and coins were on display at the homecoming. Photo by Chris StoneWhite Knight patches and coins were on display at the homecoming. Photo by Chris Stone

Families said they were anxious to have their Marine loved ones back into their arms and were ready to give them food and beer. Tables were decorated in the hangar and snacks were available to the military members upon arrival.

A larger group from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled to arrived at the base this week.

The Black Sheep of Marine Attack Squadron (VMA) 214 was among the groups returning from deployment.

The Marines and sailors took part in a joint and combined naval expeditionary exercise combining multiple elements of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to its Facebook page.

The 165 squadron conducted operations with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Essex Amphibious Ready Group and conducted joint operations in the Philippine Sea as part of continuing training operations in the Indo-Pacific.

On Valentine’s Day, the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group returned to Naval Air Station North Island.

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