News: 1st CEB returns home from Afghanistan
Story by Lance Cpl. Glen Santy
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion were welcomed home by their family and friends at the San Mateo multi-purpose room, May 4.
The battalion’s primary mission in Afghanistan was route clearance and supporting ground units for both mounted and dismounted patrols.
“I’m feeling really anxious right now,” said Ashley Hall, wife of Cpl. Ramone Hall, supply administration and operations specialist, 1st CEB. “I can’t wait to see him and watch him embrace his child. He hasn’t seen his son since he was a month old.”
“We’ve really missed him,” said four and five-year-olds Julian and Elias Brihanes, sons of Sgt. Julian Briones, engineer equipment operator, 1st CEB, before the Marines and sailors arrived. “We really want to play with him and wrestle him. The first thing we’re going to tell him is ‘I love him.’”
The families and friends packed the parking lots of San Mateo, waiting to see their loved ones march up and be dismissed.
The Marines arrived to San Mateo at approximately 11 p.m. and placed into a formation to be formally dismissed to their families.
Once dismissed, bagpipes bellowed and the crowd broke into a cheer. Balloons and confetti filled the air as the families anxiously searched for their loved ones.
“It feels amazing to be home,” said Cpl. Robert Anderson, automotive technician, 1st CEB. “It was a long seven months, and it feels really good to be back home with my wife and son.”
The Marines and sailors did not linger for long. Many wasted no time to go home and spend time with their families.