It was a rock star reception for over 200 United States Marines returning to 29 Palms from Afghanistan.
Over the last year the Marines have taken down Taliban insurgents, kept elections safe and helped open schools.
Five buses pulled into the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center just before noon on Monday.
Lance Corporal Damion Davis arrived to hugs and kisses from his family.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been home,” he said. “I’m going to give my wife a break, it’s a huge weight lifted off my chest.”
His son Damarion already has plans,
“I’m going to play football with him.”
For some they’ve missed many first when it comes to their kids. Cheyenne’s husband LCpl. Joshua Williams has been gone for over 10 months. Speaking of her 14 month-old son, “He’s learned to roll over, crawl, walk and eat solid food, a lot has changed since he left.”
The 7th Marine Regiment will now spend the next 6 months to a year in the states recooperating and spending time with family.