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Fifteen MCLB civilian employees return home

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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

July 29, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Lauren and Logan Barfield made signs to welcome home their dad James, but as soon as they saw him at the Albany airport, they dropped their signs and rushed into his arms. 

Another MCLB mechanic, Jody Lewis, got warm hugs from his daughter, sister, and mother.

While in Iraq, the Marine Base employees worked on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, that safeguards the troops from land mines and bombs.  They said protecting the troops was worth the six month deployment.

"I appreciate what they do," says Jody Lewis. "A lot of people have no idea what they go through, until you go over there.  The living conditions.  What they go through day by day by day.  I was pretty impressed.  It was real humbling."

"It felt good to go over and try and make a difference, for some of the guys and the equipment that they have to use everyday," James Barfield said. "Being away from home  takes a toll, I'm glad to be home."

Most of the family members said they kept in contact with the deployed MCLB employees everyday by phone or e-mail.  The first thing they said they wanted now that they are home, a home cooked meal. 

They said 150º was the highest temperature they saw in Iraq, so maybe the South Georgia heat won't seem so bad.

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