MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A crowd of family members holding welcome home signs and waving American flags wait patiently for their loved ones to return home after a three-month deployment to Afghanistan. <br /> <br /> The families begin to cheer as they hear the sounds of motorcycles revving their engines in the distance as the long awaited reunion with their loved ones grows near.<br /> <br /> The Marines and sailors of 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment returned home after a three-month deployment from Afghanistan to their families at the Camp Horno parade field, Sept. 29.<br /> <br /> While in Afghanistan, 1st Bn., 1st Marines performed counterinsurgency operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan and transitioned into a more supportive role allowing the Afghan National Army to lead operations. <br /> <br /> There are Marines of 1st Bn., 1st Marines still deployed in Afghanistan who will be returning home in early 2013.<br /> <br /> “Our Marines completed their mission even through they were spread out over a wide area,” said Sgt. Maj. Jonathan Henry, sergeant major for the battalion. “I am proud of the Marines.”<br /> <br /> Many of the families already had plans for loved ones arriving home. Two little girls held up a sign that read “Hurry up daddy, so we can go to Sea World.”<br /> <br /> Monica Posey, the wife of Sgt. Christopher Posey, had something different in mind.<br /> <br /> The first thing she did when she saw her husband was give him a big hug and kiss, then she took him home so he could cook his signature meal, steak and mash potatoes.<br /> <br /> “She loves it when I cook,” said Sgt. Christopher Posey, a field radio operator with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. “That may be why she is still with me.” <br /> <br /> Posey, a 24 year-old native of Pacific Grove, Calif., said he was ready to spend time with his family, even if it meant he had to cook dinner tonight.<br /> <br /> Posey added the deployment was short, but it was difficult at times.<br /> “We went on a lot of patrols in my area of operations,” said Posey. “I could tell we were making a difference by how the Afghan locals acted when they saw us. Some of the Marines became close friends with them and the ANA.” <br /> <br /> Posey said he is going to miss his friends with the ANA.<br /> “I remember getting back from a patrol once, and they invited us over for diner that they prepared,” said Posey. “It let me know they saw us as brothers.”<br /> <br /> Posey added he has faith that the ANA are going to do fine in their new role, but it’s time for him to enjoy dinner with his family.<br /> “I don’t get a break,” said Posey as he laughed. “Now it’s time for me to cook for someone else.”<br /> <br /> Whether the Marines are taking their families to amusement parks or just enjoying dinner with each other, they are happy to be with their loved ones again.