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Marine returns to MCLB

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

MCLB-ALBANY -- The military community in Albany welcomed one of its own back for the holidays on Tuesday afternoon.

Lance Cpl. Michael Canter, 21, was welcomed by a few of his fellow Marines when he returned to Albany from an overseas deployment.

Master Gunnery Sgt. Bessie Reggans, the staff non-commissioned officer in charge for Canter, expressed enthusiasm for the young Marine's anticipated arrival moments before seeing him.

"I will be happy to see him," Reggans said. "He's like my child."

The welcome party for Canter was set up outside the Marine Corps Logistics Command headquarters building at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany. Despite the cold temperatures, Reggans said it is always important to welcome a fellow Marine home.

"We are one team, one fight," she said. "We are always faithful to each other. To have him standing alone would be a disservice."

Following his six-month deployment at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, the welcoming party was a pleasant sight to see.

"It really shocked me," Canter said.

While in Afghanistan, Canter performed a variety of tasks, ranging from working on vehicles to serving as personal security for the commanding officer there.

"It was an honor (to serve overseas)," he said. "(The morale there) is good. They've got a tight-knit group."

Canter works as a machinist at Maintenance Center Albany. After he has had his decompression time, officials will release him to visit relatives in early January -- something the Marine is looking forward to.

"I'll be visiting family in Indiana," the Marine said. "I have a 3-year-old brother; this will be my second time seeing him."

After his return to Albany, he will resume his normal duties at MCA.