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Local Marines to arrive home.

Byline: Winston Ross The Register-Guard

A group of U.S. Marines returns home from Afghanistan today after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

In total, 31 Marines from Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 6, 2nd Marine Logistics Group will arrive at the Springfield Armed Forces Reserve in two separate groups, one at 1:30 p.m. and the rest at 5:30 p.m., with an escort from Springfield fire and police.

First Sgt. Justin Owens said this is the biggest group of Marines from Springfield deployed to Afghanistan in the past few years.

The soldiers provided engineer support operations to Regimental Combat Teams 6 and 8 in Afghanistan's Northern Helmand Province, the last Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan.

They built several patrol bases in the Upper Sangin Valley, providing security and stability for both the local people and coalition forces along Route 611, which runs north through Helmand province to the strategically important Kajaki Dam and is a "hotbed" of Taliban activity, according to a statement from the Marine Corps.

The Marines also distributed more than 1 million gallons of fuel, produced more than 365,000 gallons of drinkable water and provided power generation and power distribution services to multiple coalition force forward operations bases, according to the Marine Corps.
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Title Annotation:Local News; They have finished a six-month deployment to Afghanistan
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
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Date:Feb 8, 2012
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