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Home isn’t a place, it’s a connection.
Staff Sgt. Patrick Hammer, an infantry platoon sergeant with Charlie Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit embraces his family after returning home from deployment on Camp Lejeune.
The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit has returned to the U.S. after completing nearly nine months deployed as an expeditionary crisis response force with the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group. Approximately 2,300 Marines and Sailors of the 24th MEU will be offloading over the next few days from amphibious assault ships USS Iwo Jima, USS New York and USS Gunston Hall.
(Photo by Sgt. Richard Blumenstein, 16 DEC 2012.)

RED SEA (May 22, 2012) US NSW and Marines assigned to the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and embarked elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (24th MEU) conduct visit, board, search and seizure exercises aboard the Military Sealift Command maritime prepositioning ship USNS SGT William R. Button (T-AK 3012) during Exercise Eager Lion 2012. The exercise is designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships through a joint, multinational approach to meet current and future complex national security challenges, including 19 countries from five different continents and more than 11,000 participants. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Travis J. Kuykendall/Released)