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April 28, 2008

Albany--  Some civilian Marines at Maintenance Center Albany are sleeping in their own beds for the first time in six months. They returned home from Iraq Monday night.

We were there as 8 civilian Marines flew into the Albany airport. They're all mechanics at Maintenance Center Albany located at the Marine Corps Logistics Base. There were lots of hugs and even a first-time meeting with a new addition to one family.

It was an especially good homecoming for Ginger Pounds. Her fiance Bruce Lesieur made it home just in time for their wedding Saturday.

"He's been gone for six months. You know, you worry the whole time they're gone. And I guess it's just that finally getting to put your arms around them and know they're okay," said Pounds.

"It feels good to see all of them home again, but I know what we're fighting for over there," said civilian Marine Lovie Walton.

The group played a critical role in Iraq. They repaired Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles that help save the lives of troops in the war zone. It helps the military to have the workers do the repairs in Iraq as opposed to returning those damaged vehicles here to Albany.  

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