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August 30, 2012

MACS-1 Falconers Return to arizona

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Cpl. Laura Gauna
Desert Warrior Staff
Photo by Cpl. Laura Gauna
A Marine Air Control Squadron 1 spouse sheds tears of joy as she watches the Marines exit the aircraft and finally return home to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, August 22. During deployment, MACS-1 was attached to I Marine Expeditionary Forces while serving in Regional Command Southwest.

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma’s hangar 220 doors rattled as shouts and cheers from families and friends welcomed home their beloved Marines and Sailors from a six-month Afghanistan deployment, August 22.

The final wave of Marine Air Control Squadron 1 members returned home to the open arms of loved ones and fellow Marines.

“My daughter wasn’t nervous at first to see her husband finally come home, but as the time got closer we were getting more and more anxious,” said  Yvon Spencer. “He is my son-in-law, but I can honestly say he is like my actual son. He was so good to us while he was away. We were all just so excited to see him.”

Several family members were unable to personally welcome home their Marines, but with the help of Marine Corps Community Services, who broadcasted the homecoming via a live webcast, they shared this momentous occasion.

Five-year-old Kennedy holds her poster high at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Aug. 22, as she waits for her father Staff Sgt. Abel Christensen, Marine Air Control Squadron 1 Tactical Air Operations Center operator, to return from a six month Afghanistan deployment.

During deployment, MACS-1 was attached to I Marine Expeditionary Forces while serving in Regional Command Southwest.  Their support included providing air traffic control to all joint coalition air assets to maintain proper support for ground forces.

“I’m happy to be home,” said 2nd Lt. Matthew Curry, a MACS-1 air defense control officer. “I’m really proud of my Marines and hope they enjoy their time home. They really worked hard out there.”

More than 70 Marines and Sailors went above and beyond the call of duty, including radar Marines who achieved a significant feat.

“For the first time out in country we passed a flight check with our radar system without a waiver,” said Staff Sgt. Michael Williams, a MACS-1 radar watch supervisor and native of Kinston, N.C. “It was a great accomplishment. The Marines did an excellent job. We accomplished what we came there to do, and I think it was a success.”

The Yuma Marines supported numerous units and agencies while in Afghanistan, including international and U.S. military operations, drug enforcement agencies, the CIA, U.S. Special Operations Command and several other small facets.

Angie Barber greets her husband Master Sgt. Brad Barber, Marine Air Control Squadron 1 tactical air controller and detachment staff noncommissioned officer in charge, after returning to Yuma from a six-month Afghanistan deployment, Aug. 22.

“We did our job out there,” said Cpl. Daniel Tovar, a MACS-1 air traffic controller and native of Corpus Christi, Texas. “It was a great experience, and now I’m happy to be back home.”

After the excitement slowly came to a conclusion, the Marines gratefully made their way home to spend the quality time with family they very much deserved.




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