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Marines, sailors return to Camp Pendleton from Afghanistan

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – It was an exciting day at Camp Pendleton Thursday, as the base welcomed home nearly 100 Marines and sailors who returned from Afghanistan.

The Marines served in Afghanistan's Helmand province and their mission began in July with more than 4,000 Marines. It officially closed October 26 with a tactical withdrawal of all remaining coalition forces. The 95 service members are among the first to return since the combat mission ended.

The Marines and sailors conducted combat operations and helped Afghanistan National Security Forces to guide Helmand Province. Some also provided medical care and disposed of bombs while other units had the difficult duty of preparing remains of fallen service members for the journey back to America.

"It's been tough. It's like his eighth deployment," Marine wife Amy Budde said of her husband, Lt. Col. Bryant Budde.

According to Marine Corps records, roughly 76,000 Marines have served in Afghanistan since 2001.

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