Latest group leaves on one-year deployment

deployment 1

First Lt. Jonathan Smith and wife Juliana hug their baby Owen, 6 months, as Smith prepares to depart for Afghanistan Monday from Cherry Point with the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing for a year-long deployment.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 17:05 PM.

Like all good Marines, Gunnery Sgt. Mathew Strother is ready to go to Afghanistan and get the job done.

“I’m confident in our abilities to do our job,” said Strother, who is the operations chief for the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Tactical Air Center. “We’ve done a lot of training and we’ve done a lot of work to get ready. They’re real good Marines.”

Strother was one of about 70 Marines in Main Body II of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) who left Cherry Point Monday for a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.

For Sgt. Jason Rothgeb, a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense specialist, the deployment is his fourth.

“I’ve been to Iraq. I’ve done a MEU. I responded to the nuclear crisis in Japan last March, and this will be my first deployment to Afghanistan,” he said.

Rothgeb said goodbye to his two sons, Skyler, 3, and Jayden, 2, and wife Michelle in a parking lot with the other Marines.

“This will be my first major deployment away from my two kids,” he said. “I don’t think it will be too hard on me. I think it will be harder on them once they realize I’m gone and on my way.”



1 2 3 4
Next

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

COMMENTS
▲ Return to Top