Latest group leaves on one-year deployment

Published: Monday, February 4, 2013 at 05:05 PM.

His wife said the year apart would be difficult.

“We’ll miss him but we’ll do a lot of pictures and letters and hopefully we’ll be able to video chat, which will be good for the little ones,” she said. “I’m crossing my fingers he comes back safe.”

Gunnery Sgt. Moses Vilca, 35, has been on eight deployments.

“I’ve been everywhere - Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa. You name, I’ve been there,” the 15-year Marine Corps veteran said. “The camaraderie could not be any better. I feel proud of everybody I’m deploying with. All of the men and women here that are serving their country are doing an awesome job day in and day out. Whether it’s Afghanistan or Iraq, they are just doing a phenomenal job.”

About 1,000 Marines in various 2nd MAW (Forward) squadrons have deployed or are in the process of deploying.

Lt. Col. Tom Bajus commands the group that left Monday and saw the 2nd MAW’s main mission is to provide air support for the Marines and troops on the ground.

“Everything is about the infantry on the ground,” he said.



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