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BEAUFORT, SC - After 9 months supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Marine Fighter attack Squadron 312 has a homecoming date.
Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 312 will return from a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, April 17-18. The squadron was deployed aboard the USS Harry S. Truman in support of Navy Carrier Air Wing 3 and Carrier Strike Group Ten in the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Operations.
The squadron will have two arrivals with pilots and aircraft flying in early Thursday morning and main body arriving Friday afternoon.
Live feed of the arrival will be available on the installation's YouTube channel.
While deployed VMFA-312, also known as the Checkerboards, supported operations in the Middle East to include, Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and security cooperation efforts with various countries throughout the region. VMFA-312's last mission in support of OEF also marked the Marine Corps' last OEF mission for the F/A-18 Hornets.
"It's a culmination of what the Marine Corps stands for," said Lt. Col. Nathan Miller, VMFA-312's commanding officer. "We represent all of the Marines that have come over here and fought. It means a lot to be able to support our brothers and coalition forces that are currently on the ground and to close a chapter for the Marine Corps."
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