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Evacuated Marines leave Albany and return to Parris Island

Many of the personnel from Parris Island arrived at the base last Wednesday. (Source:WALB) Many of the personnel from Parris Island arrived at the base last Wednesday. (Source:WALB)
The recruits were able to continue their training while staying at Albany's base. (Source:WALB) The recruits were able to continue their training while staying at Albany's base. (Source:WALB)
Nearly 6,000 recruits and other marines stayed at the Albany base. (Source:WALB) Nearly 6,000 recruits and other marines stayed at the Albany base. (Source:WALB)
Col. Edward Jeep (Source:WALB) Col. Edward Jeep (Source:WALB)
Col. James C. Carroll III (Source:WALB) Col. James C. Carroll III (Source:WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Thousands of Marines are now back along the coast after spending several days in South Georgia.

Last week, nearly 6,000 Parris Island recruits and other personnel made their way to MCLB Albany to escape the path of Hurricane Matthew.

They returned home Tuesday.

Parris Island’s Commanding Officer Col. Edward Jeep said Albany rolled out “the welcome mat” for the visiting personnel.

The recruits were also able to get a lot of training in during their stay at the base.

Col. Jeep appreciates the base’s partnership and the community’s support.

“It’s good to have a place to stay, it’s good to have a place to eat, but it’s even better to have friends, that’s what it has felt like to be here in Albany,” Col Jeep said.

Once they arrive home, the recruits will continue working towards graduation as well as helping the community recover from Hurricane Matthew.

MCLB’s Commanding Officer Col. James C. Carroll III said the South Georgia base has the facilities to house additional personnel and Albany’s location rarely sees hurricane-like conditions.

Col. Carroll also mentioned that the base participates in drills throughout the year to help prepare for these types of events.

“All hands just fell in so quickly to make our Marines feel welcome [and] to ensure that they had what they needed in a timely basis to continue that critical training,” Col. Carroll said.

Col. Carroll called their stay successful and appreciated the community’s support.

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