ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia Regional Airport in Albany sees a lot of happy homecomings. And Wednesday evening was no exception. This time it was Lance Corporal Travis Carlisle's turn. He was one of three Marines who returned after seven months in Iraq.
"We were part of supply with COB 7," he said.
His job was an important one for the forces in the field.
"Our job was to receive and account for all supplies coming into Iraq. And shipping them out to the people that need them and the units to help them accomplish the mission," Lance Corporal Carlisle said.
Like others who have returned from overseas, he had some things that he missed about home.
"Grass...green. There's really none of it, hardly at all," he said.
But the one thing that he missed more than even the green, green grass of home was his family and friends. How does he feel about his family being here to see him return?
"It's awesome. I can't wait, I miss all of them a lot," Lance Corporal Carlisle said.
"The Marines who returned home Wednesday had plenty fellow Marines and family members to greet them. But there were other people, not related and not in the Corps, who were here as well.
Part of the welcoming committee consisted of two members of the local Marine Corps League. Consisting of 25 chapters - or detachments - throughout Georgia, the mission of the League is simple.
"To keep the history and traditions of the Marine Corps going," according to Tom Newton of the Marine Corps League.
Part of that mission is to prepare young men and women who are getting ready to go into the Corps.
"We work with the Young Marines here in town, we work with the Junior ROTC," said Newton.
But they also support retired Marines as well.
"As a Marine retires or gets discharged from the Corps. He comes into the area, we talk to him about the housing that's available. We talk to him about potential employers, how to get in touch with them."
But the main purpose remains to help Marines; past, present and future. Which is why they're here today.
"It's a brotherhood," said Newton.
And for the members of the Marine Corps League, part of their job is to make sure that everyone gets a brotherly welcome just like Travis did.