Huey and Cobra Helicopters with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit hover in tight formation before setting down at Marine Corps Air Station New River in Jacksonville, N.C., on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. The reinforced V-22 squadron, known formally as VMM-263, returned to New River Air Station from its 10-month deployment Friday by soaring in formation over the heads of waving and cheering families waiting in the hangar. Deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, the squadron conducted training in the 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility, from the Mediterranean to Djibouti. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Don Bryan)
Nearly 300 Marines and sailors returned to Camp Lejeune Saturday to family and friends after a 10-month deployment at sea with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.
The 22 MEU received the order to deploy months ahead of time on March 24, and was underway on March 29. Another 630 Marines and sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 130 Marines and sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 22, and 200 Marines and sailors with the command element are scheduled to return to Camp Lejeune Sunday.
The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (22nd MEU) is one of seven Marine Expeditionary Units currently in existence in the United States Marine Corps. The Marine Expeditionary Unit is a Marine Air Ground Task Force with a strength of about 2,200 personnel. They are currently based out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and fall under the command of the II Marine Expeditionary Force. The 22nd MEU holds the distinction of being the most decorated of the Marine Corps' seven MEUs
The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit's web page is here.