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Last Hawks fly back to Beaufort

By Cpl. Sarah Cherry | | October 23, 2013

The last Marines with Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 533 finally came home to Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, Oct. 10.

While many of the squadron’s Marines returned in mid-September, some Marines remained behind.

“I’m relieved and excited that he’s finally home,” said Lori Warman, wife of Maj. Scott Warman, a VMFA(AW)-533 weapons systems operator. “It’s been a long deployment. We’re very excited to have some family time.”

The Hawks deployed as part of the Unit Deployment Program, a cost-effective way for the Marine Corps to maintain a presence in the western Pacific and participate in international exercises with allies.

“I’m elated to have my husband back. I’m over the moon right now,” said Sara Miller, wife of VMFA(AW)-533 Assistant Aviation Maintenance Officer, Maj. Timothy M. Miller. “He got stuck several times, in Guam, in Wake Island and in Japan. It was like a roller coaster ride, but it’s over now.”

Her husband, busily juggling kids and gear, said it all in one short sentence: “It’s great to be home.”