CAMP PENDLETON, CA, UNITED STATES
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, were welcomed home by their family and friends at the 62 Area parade deck, April 11.
Approximately 150 Marines and sailors returned home after a seven-month deployment. The 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines supported International Security Assistance Force efforts in the Sangin District of Helmand province, Afghanistan.
The battalion assumed command of the Sangin battle space from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment in October 2010. They conducted operations to interdict drug and insurgent activity during Operation Golden Shillelagh in March 2011. The battalion also assisted in civil affairs activities to include mosque refurbishments and medical assistance projects.
“I miss seeing the smile my daughters have when they’re with their dad,” said Sgt. Estela Sagredo, a personnel clerk with I MEF. “They’re daddy’s girls, and that’s the one thing I’m happiest about, knowing that their lives are whole again.”
Sagredo and her daughters Isabella and Eva, welcomed home Master Sgt. Ismael Sagredo, an infantry unit leader with Hotel Company, 3/5.
“He’ll be spending a lot of time catching up on the last seven months he missed with his daughters,” Sag redo said.
While other families spent time reuniting with their loved ones, some Marines and sailors came home and saw their children for the first time.
Lt. Cmdr. Richard Langton, assistant battalion surgeon with 3/5, was one month into his deployment when his daughter Olivia was born.
“It feels wonderful. It’s better than I expected to feel, seeing my wife and my newborn daughter here,” said Langton, who is from Claremont, Calif. “It’s my first time seeing my daughter and we’re just enjoying getting to know our family again.”
As the excitement wound down, Marines and sailors grabbed their gear and headed with family and friends to the comforts of home.
“I’m glad we’re all back,” said Cpl. Guillermo Ramirez, a 25-year-old assaultman with Hotel Company, 3/5. “It’s been a while since I’ve seen my son and my wife, so I’m really, really happy.”
Ramirez, from McCall, Texas, was welcomed home by his wife Zuhey and son Eliel. The family is expecting another child, and will make a trip to Disneyland once Ramirez has settled at home.
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