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Marines with Marine Air Control squadron 2, Detachment A, arrived back in Fightertown from a five-month deployment to Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, Nov. 23. During this deployment, the Marines supported the 2nd Marine Air Wing by focusing their efforts to make sure that 2nd MAW had the necessary airfield clarity for operations.

Photo by Cpl. Brady Wood

Eyes of MAGTF return

27 Nov 2013 | Cpl. Brady Wood

Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Detachment A, welcomed back a detachment of Marines from a five-month deployment, Nov. 23.

During the deployment, the detachment supported the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing by controlling the air space surrounding Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

"During this deployment I was in charge of supervising Marines that specialized in air space control measures," said 1st Lt. Andrew Gorham, the air defense control officer for MACS-2. "Overall I think this deployment went very well."

By controlling the air space around Camp Leatherneck, MACS-2, Det A, was able to tell surrounding aircraft to change their course in the likelihood that the space was needed for takeoff.

"I thought the deployment went well," said Gorham. "I was able to meet a lot of different Marines not just from the Air Station but also from Camp Pendleton and MCAS Cherry Point."

"I was really excited to see him again," said Sandy Gorham, mother of lst Lt. Andrew Gorham. "It’s been five months and now it’s our turn to be with him."

After arriving, the Marines greeted their families and fellow Marines.

"I was very excited to see my husband," said Dawn Broeker, spouse of 1st Lt. Eric Broeker. "It’s been a long time and I was ready to see him again."

Marine Air Control Squadron 2, Detachment A, continuously trains their Marines to prepare for the time to deploy and support other units in order to accomplish a mission.

The unit will be preparing Marines for a deployment that will take place early 2014.