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By Kimberly Page - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Eight MCLB marines are back with their families Monday night, after serving a couple months in Iraq.

The rain caused a little delay for the reunion at the Albany airport, but the families didn't seem to mind.

The marines were part of a team that inspected gear, tanks and weapons en route to Afghanistan from Iraq and equipment that will be sent back to Albany.

Staff Sergeant Reginald Whipple was thrilled to see his family and the crowd of supporters awaiting the team's return.

"I've been missing them the whole time, and to see them, the first group I see when I get off the plane that makes it even greater to be back," said Ssgt. Reginald Whipple, MCLB Albany Generator Mechanic.

"Every time I've gone, we go with a good group of guys. We work and we train and we know what we're going to do. And we all come back happy that the mission's done. Come back together with our families and we feel like we left that country better," said Sgt. Antonio Garansuay, MCLB Albany Tank Mechanic.

This was Sgt. Garansuay's first deployment with a wife and child.  He missed both their birthdays while in Iraq and says he's looking forward to making up for lost time.

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