100 Yuma based Marines come home from deployment.

100 Yuma based Marines come home from deployment.

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Yuma---A squadron of Yuma based marines returns home from deployment Thursday morning.

Elsie Williams has been waiting six months for her husband to return from deployment, now she'll finally get to see him in person.

"I feel very excited. I'm kind of nervous though. I don't know why," Williams said. "I think its because he's been gone for six months but I'm really excited too.>

Williams is among the dozens of family and friends awaiting the return of the 100 Yuma-based marines returning from the Asia-Pacific region.

The Marine Attack Squadron 311 and Marine Aircraft group 13 departed December of 2011.

One father flew in from Wisconsin to see his son.

"I'm just going to let him decide if he wanted us to do something," Steve Barker said. "Just hang around and I'm here for a week."

To add more excitement to the homecoming, MCAS provided a live web broadcast for those who are unable to attend.

Some children played in the jumper while adults sat waiting.Then the main attraction comes marching in.

There were lots of hugs, big smiles and tears. Some got to see their children who have grown quite a bit in the months they were away.

"I feel great, i'm glad to be home...its good," William's husband said.

"It's awesome and its amazing," Aaron Wald said.

VMA-311 is one of four AV-8B harrier squadrons stationed at MCAS-Yuma. VMA 211 is currently deployed in southern Afghanistan and detachment of VMA-214 is also deployed in the Pacific rim.

 

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