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Stay safe Marines.

Stay safe.

Twenty-two hundred Marines and sailors from Camp Lejeune are preparing to deploy off the coast of Libya in northern Africa. They said goodbye to their families Monday afternoon, and they’ll be leaving in the days ahead.

“There’s always in the back of your mind what if, what could happen,” Marine wife Carrie Cochran said.

Cochran, like the other wives, is confident her Marine is prepared for the mission.

“As long as he knows how to do his job and he keeps his concentration going, he can take care of his Marines then he can bring everybody home,” Cochran said.

The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit was set to deploy to the Mediterranean later this year but that got bumped up once NATO forces launched an air assault on Libya.

The unit is relieving the 26th MEU, which took part in some of the initial assaults. The 22nd is a Marine, air and ground task force. Some are trained for aviation combat, others for ground combat. They can handle evacuations and humanitarian missions too.

As the news report says, this was an expected military move.  This particular group of Marines was set to go to somewhere in the Middle East; I just don’t think anyone planned it was to be Libya.

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