Plainville Marines returning home from Iraq
Marines from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, based out of Plainville are scheduled to return on April 10, from a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Family and friends will gather to welcome the Marines home at the U.S. Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Training Center in Plainville.
The primary mission for the Marines while they were in Iraq was to conduct counter-insurgency operations and training and mentoring for Iraqi Security Forces.
The Plainville Marines deployed to Iraq as part of 1st Battalion’s sister battalion, 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, which is based in Garden City, New York. The majority of the Plainville Marines continued their training stateside, in preparation for future mobilizations and deployments. 1st Battalion returned from a deployment to Iraq in late 2006.
For some of the Marines, this mobilization was their second tour in Iraq.
The 25th Marine Regiment is comprised mainly of Reserve Marines and sailors, although active-duty personnel are assigned to each unit to oversee training, administration and site support.