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    Marines deploy on Mother’s Day

    Marines deploy on Mother’s Day

    Photo By Cpl. Kenneth Jasik | Pfc. Alex C. Vincent and Pfc. Nicholas J. Vincent pose with their mother and father as...... read more read more

    CA, UNITED STATES

    05.08.2011

    Story by Cpl. Kenneth Jasik 

    1st Marine Logistics Group

    May 8 was a bittersweet Mother’s Day for many Marines, sailors and families of 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat
    Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, as about 200
    service members loaded the buses for the first leg of their journey to Helmand province, Afghanistan.

    For some, this was just another seven-month deployment, but for
    many, this was their first combat deployment, which made it especially tough for Marines and sailors on Mother’s Day.

    Among the deploying Marines, a pair of brothers, Pfc. Alex C.
    Vincent and Pfc. Nicholas J. Vincent, combat engineers with Charlie
    Company, 7th ESB, CLR-1, 1st MLG, will deploy together. They
    joined the Marine Corps together in July 2010. They spent their last
    few moments at Camp Pendleton with their mother and father before saying goodbye.

    “I’m very proud of them, but I’m also a bit worried,” said their
    mother, Christina. The brothers are slightly nervous about deploying, but are comforted they’ll have each other to rely on while in a combat zone.

    “[Deploying with my brother] makes it easier, because you already
    know somebody, you have somebody you can trust,” said
    Alex, 21, from Temecula, Calif.

    But the deployment wasn’t only about children deploying on Mother’s Day. For Lance Cpl. Karla R. McJunkin, a combat engineer with Charlie Company, 7th ESB, CLR- 1, 1st MLG, deployment means being separated from her 10-year-old daughter and two stepdaughters.

    “I’m glad to go out with my platoon,” said McJunkin, 29, from
    Caldwell, Idaho. “I gained a lot of respect for them. It’s not exactly
    fun leaving your family and loved ones, but you gain such love and
    trust of your platoon; I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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    Date Taken: 05.08.2011
    Date Posted: 05.12.2011 18:21
    Story ID: 70286
    Location: CA, US

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