New Orleans squadron deploys in support of Global War on Terror

1 Sep 2007 | Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn D. Graham

Marines from Marine Air Group 42 Detachment Charlie departed Naval Air Station, Joint Reserve Base, New Orleans Sep. 1 in support of ongoing efforts in the Global War on Terrorism.

"We're going to be one of the key assets while in Iraq,"said Maj. Sander Melvin, maintenance officer. "These deployments are milestones for everyone involved, including the families. I am going to miss my own family but I’m proud to stand here with my fellow Marines. We have a job to do.”

The squadron completed rigorous work-ups earlier this summer.

"We've trained hard and we’re ready to respond to anything,"said Melvin. "Iraq is where we put all that training to use."

Nearly 100 Marines of MAG-42 said goodbye as they boarded their planes. For some, it was their first deployment away from their families and loved ones, but for more battle-tested Marines, this was seen as routine.

"I've been in-country three times and each time more intense than the other. Leaving my wife and kids is all apart of being a Marine,"said Staff Sgt. Cory Butts. "Defending this country and winning the Global War on Terrorism should be the only thing we are thinking about.”

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