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Approximately 130 Marines and sailors assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Corps Forces Reserve, will arrive home to their Reserve training center located here, Feb. 22, after a 10 month deployment.
The company is composed primarily of Reserve Marines from the local community. These Marines live and work in Maine and throughout the New England area. The Marines are locally trained at the Brunswick Reserve Training Center.
During their deployment, the Marines spent three months in Calif., conducting pre-deployment cultural and counterinsurgency training and seven months in Afghanistan, conducting counterinsurgency and security operations. While deployed, the unit was assigned to NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, focusing primarily on training Afghan Security Forces in preparation for the transition of security responsibilities from NATO to the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Working shoulder to shoulder with their Afghan counterparts, these Marines were deployed to remote locations and lived among the Afghans.
This was the unit’s second deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, but first to Afghanistan. In 2003, 1st Battalion, 25th Marines deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. In 2006, the unit deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.