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01/22/06

Beaufort Marines Return

Sergeant Melissa Crisologo is bombarded with hugs, kisses and flowers from her family. Sergeant Melissa Crisologo is bombarded with hugs, kisses and flowers from her family.
Sergeant Gregory Pegues holds his two month old baby boy for the first time. Sergeant Gregory Pegues holds his two month old baby boy for the first time.

More than 30 Beaufort Marines with the All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 332 advance party are back home with their families and friends tonight. On Sunday, their families have waited a long ime to welcome home their Marines after a seven month deployment in Iraq.

"It's the best day of my life," said Savannah Crisologo, "because my mommy's coming home."

"It's a big anticipation for her to come back from Iraq," explained Gunnery Sergeant Manuel Crisologo, who was waiting with his children for his wife, Sergeant Melissa Crisologo, to return. "Normally, it's the other way around. It's a role reversal for me to be the stay at home spouse and playing Mr. Mom."

The wait is finally over for the Crisologos as they welcomed home Sergeant Melissa Crisologo. She said the homecoming tops anything she could have imagined.

"It was absolutely great," she said. "We were looking out the window pulling up on the flight line. Everyone was beside themselves. It's like a thousand Christmases. That's the only way I can explain it."

Sergeant Gregory Pegues will never forget this homecoming, either. It was the first time he got to see his two month old baby boy.

"I just feel so overwhelmed," he said, smiling at his new baby, "so happy."

Although being apart has been hard for these families, most will tell you they're proud to have done their part.

"We accomplished a lot," explained Sergeant Crisologo. "We got the Iraqi citizens through two elections, pretty much incident free. When you see the pictures come back and see it on the news, it makes all the difference in the world."

During their deployment, the Moonlighters supported security and stability operations throughout Iraq. One hundred and fifty more Marines with the squadron are expected to return home next month. The Marines who are now home are preparing for their homecoming.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

 

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