His mother, Tracey Liberto, joined families of Marines that landed in their MV-22B Ospreys.
One by one, as many as nine of the vertical-takeoff aircraft arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Marines deplaned and were greeted by relieved families in a hangar.
“This is amazing,” said Capt. Donny Berton, greeted by his wife, Cecelia, and year-old son, William.
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Families said they were anxious to have their Marine loved ones back into their arms and were ready to give them food and beer. Tables were decorated in the hangar and snacks were available to the military members upon arrival.
A larger group from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit are scheduled to arrived at the base this week.
The Marines and sailors took part in a joint and combined naval expeditionary exercise combining multiple elements of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force alongside the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, according to its Facebook page.
The 165 squadron conducted operations with the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group and Essex Amphibious Ready Group and conducted joint operations in the Philippine Sea as part of continuing training operations in the Indo-Pacific.
On Valentine’s Day, the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group returned to Naval Air Station North Island.