Marines return to Twentynine Palms from Afghanistan
The battalion saw three Marines killed and dozens wounded during a seven-month deployment to Helmand province in southern Afghanistan on the border with Pakistan.
Commandant Gen. James Amos, his wife, Bonnie, and Sgt.-Major Michael Barrett-- the top enlisted man in the Marine Corps -- were on base to welcome the Three-Four.
Although the Three-Four is now home, another battalion from Twentynine Palms, the Three-Seven, has just arrived in Afghanistan to relieve the One-Five from Camp Pendleton.
Marines will be in Afghanistan, the commandant said, "until the job is done."
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Marine and daughter reunited at Twentynine Palms. Credit: Lance Cpl. Sarah Dietz / Marine Corps