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Wounded Marine returns from Afghanistan

Photo by Avan Clark

Photo by Avan Clark

ALBANY -- Lance Cpl. Ruben Wright, 19, returned home Tuesday morning after spending three months in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Wright said he has been deployed overseas for more than six months in Iraq and Afghanistan working in Overseas Contingency Operations.

"I was in an infantry unit as a supply personnel," he explained Tuesday morning at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport after his plane landed. "I helped out with making the missions successful."

Wright, who is from Detachment 2, Supply Co., 4th Supply Battalion, 4th MLG at Marine Corps Logistics Base-Albany, was wounded in action while in Afghanistan.

"We were on foot patrol and my Sergeant Major stepped on an IED (improvised explosive device). I was really close to it when it went off. I got pretty banged up," he said.

Wright said that while he is home, he looks forward to spending time with his fiancee Janeika Sweet, 19, and their 1-month-old son Jadon.

"Being over there makes you really miss your family and the everyday things we take for granted over here, like your own shower and grass and knowing that you can go here or there without much worry," he said. "I missed my family and the little things the most."

Wright was greeted at the airport by some of his fellow Marines, and he said he will continue to keep his fellow soldiers in his prayers while he is home.

"My prayers go out to the families and the soldiers who are still over there fighting for our freedom," he said. "People need to keep us in their thoughts and know that the Marine Corps are doing well and are completing a successful mission."

Wright said he will never forget his time in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"It was quite an experience. It is definitely something I will never forget," he said. "It's good to be home, though."