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Marines to Return from Longest at Sea Deployment in 40 Years

Creatas/Thinkstock(CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.) -- A Marine unit is returning Saturday to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina after the longest at sea Marine deployment in 40 years.  

"Approximately 270 Marines and Sailors with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, and 30 Marines and Sailors with Combat Logistics Battalion 22 are scheduled to return and see their family and friends," a military statement said.

Another 960 Marines and Sailors from the same Marine Air Ground Task Force will return to Camp Lejeune on Sunday.

The 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit aboard the USS Bataan and two other ships were forced to deploy three months early in late March of last year to support operations in Libya and were under the impression they would be at sea for the usual six to seven months.  Instead, the deployment turned into one of the longest deployments on record for a Marine Corps unit -- ending after more than 10 months at sea. While deployed the unit also participated in training in Djibouti as well as bilateral training with Spanish and Romanian Marines.

The remaining sailors will continue to their home port of Norfolk, Va.  They are expected to arrive Tuesday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Michelle Obama Drops by Baby Shower for Expectant Military Mothers-To-Be

The White House(JACKSONVILLE, N.C.) -- First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden attended a baby shower Wednesday for 40 pregnant Marine wives and their guests at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

Bearing White House gifts -- monogrammed onesies and blankets for each expectant mother -- Mrs. Obama relayed her own struggles as a first-time mother.‪ ‬

“As a new mom, there are just an array of things that run through your head:  ‘What's this kid going to be like?  Will I get my shape back?  Will I ever sleep again?  What's a onesie? How does it work?’”

The first lady said that eventually the moms will learn that babies are resilient and that the community will help them.

“It’s nice to have a supportive community around you, especially new moms; to have other moms who have been there, because we all get through it.  They don't break.  I’ve come to know that babies are really resilient.  But it always helps to have a community around you."

The event Wednesday follows Tuesday’s launch of the administration’s national public awareness campaign, spearheaded by Mrs. Obama and Biden, to honor and support the nation’s military families.

Mrs. Obama said that events like a joint baby shower for all the new moms – who are without their husbands while they are deployed – shows that they are not really alone. She noted additionally the added stress that an expectant mother has being a military wife.

The first lady said that through their campaign they hope to help make the whole country gather around these mothers -- not just when they are expecting, but for years to come.

Martha Stewart, who led moms through a creative scrapbooking demonstration before the first and second lady arrived, donated white canvas bags full of creative scrapbooking paraphernalia.

‪Mrs. Obama said she enjoyed “every minute” of her pregnancy and hopes that these women will too. ‬

‪Later ‬Wednesday,‪ Mrs. Obama and Biden will visit the Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas, and will hold a military families event at Coors Field in Denver, Colo‬.‪, with Jessica Simpson.‬

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