3rd Recon Marines, loved ones reunite
US Marine Corps News
12/2/2011 By Lance Cpl. Daniel E. Valle, Marine Corps Bases Japan
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan — More than 34 Marines with 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion’s advanced party returned to Okinawa Nov. 27, where they were met with open arms following a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.
“It has been hard for all of us here not having them around, but we are so proud of every one of them,” said Elizabeth Myers, wife of Sgt. Andrew D. Myers, a reconnaissance Marine with 3rd Recon. Bn., 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.
The Marines’ mission while in Afghanistan was to maintain stability within Helmand province, according to Sgt. Patrick T. Washington, a reconnaissance Marine the battalion.
“I am just excited that they are home,” said Myers. “I love my husband so much. I am so proud of him.”
When the Marines arrived at Sangin Valley, they fought constantly to push the insurgents in the area out, according to Washington.
“After we pushed them out we had to fight to keep them out,” said Washington. “It was difficult from time-to-time, but we know that this is what we joined to do and we do it well.”
The Marines’ time in the Sangin Valley had a positive impact on the relationship between the Afghan communities and U.S. military forces, according to Washington.
“I did see that we made a huge difference over there,” said Washington. “We were constantly fighting to make sure those people were safe, and they trusted in us to do so.
“We are all happy to be back,” he said.
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