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Marines depart for Afghanistan

ALBANY -- If their comrades can't be at home, they'll bring home to them.

Three Marines attached to Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany departed Monday from the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport for service in Afghanistan.

The Marines, who are part of Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS), will be overseas for about six months delivering necessities such as food and toothpaste to their fellow Marines on the front lines.

"I'm anxious to get out there," said Sgt. Alan Lewis. "It's a great feeling (to serve the country). I don't get to serve just my country, but my fellow warfighters."

Staff Sgt. Joseph Wombough left for his third deployment -- his first to Afghanistan -- to assist with the mission.

"It brings a little home to them," he said before boarding the plane Monday. "Helping the Marines we serve, it's priceless."

Wombough is leaving behind a family in Beauford, S.C.

"It's a tough experience with the little ones, but it's six months," he said. "It's better than a year. You just have to take things as you go."

The mission also is the third deployment for Sgt. Adryon Johnson, who spent his first two deployments in Iraq.

He said his biggest concern going into the tour was his family's well-being.

"I want to make sure they are taken care of," Johnson said. "There is a chance of me not coming back. But, as long as we take care of each other, we will be fine."

This is the first time Johnson will be working with MCCS overseas.

"I'm looking forward to the reactions of the other Marines when we provide our services," he said. "I'm just excited; I'm just ready to go. The sooner we leave, the sooner we come back."

There were several others attached to the base at the airport Monday to see the trio off, including MCCS Officer Chief Warrant Officer 4 Eric Littlejohn, their supervisor.

"In the Marine Corps, we don't say 'if you deploy,' but 'when you deploy'," Littlejohn said. "We just wish them well, a safe return and a very productive deployment."