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24th Marine Expeditionary Unit

II Marine Expeditionary Force

Camp Lejeune, NC
24th MEU returns from 2012 deployment

By 2nd Lt. Joshua Larson | 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit | December 18, 2012

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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Sgt.  Jose Alvarez, a motor transportation mechanic with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to return home from deployment on Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.   Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Sgt. Jose Alvarez, a motor transportation mechanic with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to return home from deployment on Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein) (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Staff Sgt. Patrick Hammer, an infantry platoon sergeant with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit embraces his family after returning home from deployment on Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.   Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Staff Sgt. Patrick Hammer, an infantry platoon sergeant with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit embraces his family after returning home from deployment on Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein) (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)


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USS NEW YORK off the coast of North Carolina – Assault Amphibious Vehicles from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, disembark the USS New York on their home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

USS NEW YORK off the coast of North Carolina – Assault Amphibious Vehicles from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, disembark the USS New York on their home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim) (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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USS NEW YORK, off the coast of North Carolina – Assault Amphibious Vehicles from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, disembark the USS New York on their home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

USS NEW YORK, off the coast of North Carolina – Assault Amphibious Vehicles from Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, disembark the USS New York on their home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim) (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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MOREHEAD CITY PORT FACILITY, N.C. - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the USS New York on their return home after a nine-month deployment, Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

MOREHEAD CITY PORT FACILITY, N.C. - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the USS New York on their return home after a nine-month deployment, Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim) (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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MOREHEAD CITY PORT FACILITY, N.C. - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the USS New York on their return home after a nine-month deployment, Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

MOREHEAD CITY PORT FACILITY, N.C. - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the USS New York on their return home after a nine-month deployment, Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim) (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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MOREHEAD CITY PORT FACILITY, N.C. - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the USS New York on their return home after a nine-month deployment, Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

MOREHEAD CITY PORT FACILITY, N.C. - Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit disembark the USS New York on their return home after a nine-month deployment, Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim) (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Friends and family members wait patiently for Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to return home from deployment on Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group.   Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Friends and family members wait patiently for Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to return home from deployment on Camp Lejeune, Dec. 16, 2012. The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall. (Official U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein) (Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein)


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USS NEW YORK – off the coast of North Carolina – A crew member from the USS New York directs a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercraft, or LCAC, as it carries Marines and equipment from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to their home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)

USS NEW YORK – off the coast of North Carolina – A crew member from the USS New York directs a Navy Landing Craft Air Cushion hovercraft, or LCAC, as it carries Marines and equipment from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit to their home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 16, 2012. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors with the 24th MEU returned to the U.S. after being deployed for nine months as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. They offloaded from the amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious vehicles, aircraft, and the Morehead City Port facility. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim) (Photo by Cpl. Michael Petersheim)


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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- Marines and Sailors with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit are currently offloading from the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and returning to homecomings in and around Camp Lejeune, N.C., after a nine-month deployment.

The 24th MEU made the ship-to-shore transit from the USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall using amphibious assault vehicles, Navy hovercraft, aircraft which included MV-22B Ospreys and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters, and the Morehead City Port facility.

The 24th MEU departed the coast of North Carolina last March and spent the rest of the year sailing around the U.S. Navy's 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility as an expeditionary crisis response force. The MEU/ARG team maintained continuous presence and a robust alert status as America's 9-1-1 force throughout U.S. Central, European and Africa Commands, conducting significant training operations in Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait and Djibouti, Africa.

The offload began the morning of Dec. 16 and is scheduled to conclude Dec. 18.


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