Monday, May 13, 2013
It's been eight long months, but today the families of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit will get to see their loved ones again, as the Marines return home to Camp Pendleton.
Roughly 2,400 Marines and Sailors make up the the 15th MEU.
The 15th MEU was deployed with the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group. The ships from the Peleliu ARG are slated to return to San Diego on Tuesday. They are the USS Green Bay, the USS Rushmore, and the USS Peleliu.
Cmdr. Brian Finman, deputy commander, Amphibious Squadron Three, said of the deployment:
"The sailors and Marines of the Peleliu ARG and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit have traveled thousands of miles and conducted a wide range of operations and port visits in 10 different countries.
"Among our many achievements, we conducted humanitarian assistance in East Timor, theater security cooperation exercises with several Gulf States, and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea."
Ahead of today's homecoming, Marine Staff Sgt. Jeremy Colson was able to arrange a surprise reunion with his family during an Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. Check out the "Tearjerker Alert" worthy video of the reunion, courtesy of MLB.com.