News: Home sweet home; VMGR-352 returns from deployment
Story by Pfc. Melissa Eschenbrenner
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – A detachment of Marines with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 352 “Raiders” returned to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., Aug. 4, after a 195-day deployment.
The detachment left in January 2012 to Camp Bastion Airfield in Helmand province, Afghanistan. The squadron also flew out of Forward Operating Base Delaram II in Helmand province, Afghanistan, and Kandahar Airfield in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
The detachment supported multiple missions flying the KC-130J Hercules during their tour.
Although the unit did not receive any awards, individual awards were given to multiple Marines, explained Kevin Schulte, the Raiders family readiness officer.
Approximately 100 friends and family of the squadron’s Marines gathered to welcome home the incoming troops. The returning Marines were also greeted with music from the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing Band., members of the Marine Corps League and the Chapter 262 American Legion Riders, who preceded the incoming buses of Marines on motorcycles creating a line of American flags for troops to walk through before finding their families.
“It feels great to be home,” said Staff Sgt. Nicolas Mancillas, a communication and navigation technician with VMGR-352 and a Laredo, Texas, native. “I can’t wait to go to my house with my family.”