Marines ready to get the job done in Afghanistan

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 01:26 PM.

The commander said that about 70 percent of the Marines leaving Saturday were making their first deployment.

"It’s going to be a new adventure and a brand new experience," said Cpl. Clay Smith, who was leaving his wife on his first deployment.

Cpl. Salvadore Fonseca, also beginning a first-time deployment, said goodbye to his wife and daughter.

"It’s something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while," he said of the deployment. "It’s the reason I joined. I volunteered for this though. It will be alright. Seven months will fly by. We’re used to being separated now and then. As long as I get to go, that’s the reason I joined. I’ll be happy."

Sgt. Troy Barndt predicted a good deployment.

"It’s a pretty tight unit," he said. "We’re real close and care a lot about each other. I love doing what I do. I love helping people. I love leading Marines."

Sgt. William Stonebraker was deploying for the third time, leaving his wife and 7-year-old son.

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