Troops Return Home for the Holiday

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion 11th Marine Regiment just got home from Afghanistan.

    After months of waiting and worrying, homecoming night finally happened late Tuesday when the 1/11 arrived at Camp Pendleton after a seven-month deployment.

    Marines, Sailors Welcomed Home

    [DGO] Marines, Sailors Welcomed Home
    Marines and sailors with 1st Battalion 11th Marine Regiment just got home from Afghanistan. More than 500 members of the 111 are set to return to Camp Pendleton over the next couple of weeks. (Published Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010)

    "This is what makes me want to come home alive,” said Cpl Antonio Garay standing with his wife and newborn. “I've got a lot to lose."

    In addition to a lot of newborns, there were more than a few newlyweds thrilled to be back together again. Several couples are celebrating their first wedding anniversary this week.

    "I was nickel and diming the days kind of counting, asking everybody when are we leaving. It was pretty bad,” said Cpl Ryan Radawnski. “People kept getting really annoyed because I kept asking when we're going home."

    “It's a reunion of sorts and it's a first time meeting for a lot of the new fathers and their newborns,” said Major David Everly. “We've had 10-15 newborns since we've deployed so it's a special occasion."

    Salute to Staff Sergeant Salvadore Giunta

    [DGO] Salute to Staff Sergeant Salvadore Giunta
    Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama for his courageous actions during combat in Afghanistan in October of 2007. (Published Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010)

    More than 500 members of the 1/11 are set to return to Camp Pendleton over the next couple of weeks. Executive Officer Major David Everly promises everyone will be back in time for Christmas.

     Find more stories honoring those who serve in our special section Morning Salute. Send your military stories and pictures to isee@nbcsandiego.com.
     

    Salute to the Marines of Camp Pendleton Training with Artificial Intelligence

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    The characters are powered by artificial intelligence created by researchers at U-S-C, so marines can gauge their ability to make the right decsions... and better their chances for coming home. (Published Thursday, Oct 21, 2010)