Afghanistan / Iraq Deployments


Afghanistan / Iraq Deployments

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Welcome to the Afghanistan Deployments Group

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This group is intended for discussions on Afghanistan deployments (topics of a general nature) rather than about specific deployed units. To connect with a specific unit please click here – USMC Units– to go to that group page where you will find your Marine’s deployed unit.


The "US Marines in Afghanistan" news feed at the bottom of this page is new to this group. Please note we do NOT have the ability to select specific articles that appear in the feed; it comes from a generalized news feed.


Click here for quick access to the Afghanistan News Articles discussion forum.

Discussion Forum

Afghanistan / Iraq News Articles

Started by Marine Parents Inc. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jan 16. 329 Replies


Started by neverhome87. Last reply by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) Sep 7, 2014. 15 Replies

1st Deployment

Started by Mamma_Bear51. Last reply by 1~Keri (HCC) Jun 24, 2014. 106 Replies

Sonnet For Our Marines

Started by 1~littledrip (Jean) May 22, 2014. 0 Replies

Mother's Day!

Started by Proudmomma. Last reply by jk'smom May 13, 2014. 6 Replies

FMLA for deployment

Started by kmoml. Last reply by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) May 3, 2014. 2 Replies

Safest way for my Marine to communicate dates

Started by Mokrish (Julie). Last reply by Proudmomma Apr 29, 2014. 11 Replies

Mail from Afghanistan

Started by yomamatex. Last reply by Dalene Apr 17, 2014. 7 Replies

POA and Wills

Started by mom-md. Last reply by BCinNC Apr 8, 2014. 22 Replies

Live Chat

Started by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) Apr 7, 2014. 0 Replies

New to this group

Started by NCMARINERCT#32. Last reply by Mamma_Bear51 Apr 4, 2014. 13 Replies

Air fare information

Started by Marie. Last reply by Proudmomma Oct 23, 2013. 4 Replies

Marine Mom Etiquette

Started by Milty. Last reply by NickL'sMom Sep 27, 2013. 56 Replies

Return plans

Started by Proudmomma. Last reply by 1~sandyr, MFN VO & VPMM Sep 27, 2013. 39 Replies

Moto Mail Scheduled to be discontinued 9/30/13

Started by Proudmomma. Last reply by Proudmomma Sep 26, 2013. 23 Replies

Marines can use MotoMail to write back

Started by mikarly. Last reply by GrammaL Aug 22, 2013. 7 Replies


Started by luvtohike (Joyce). Last reply by lovemyredpatcher Jul 29, 2013. 13 Replies

Getting ready to leave

Started by jk'smom. Last reply by Nancy2042 Jun 15, 2013. 22 Replies

US Marines in Afghanistan

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Comment by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) on November 8, 2014 at 1:38pm

Here is the Holiday shipping guide lines for 2014.

Military Installations in Afghanistan (APO/FPO/DPO AE)
The Post Office will accept mail going to troops in Afghanistan as late as December 3 this year. Unfortunately, Express Mail is not a mailing option this year. Deadlines for shipment are as follows:

  • Standard Post – November 12
  • Space Available Mail – November 26
  • Parcel Airlift Mail – December 3
  • Priority Mail – December 10
  • First Class Mail – December 17
Comment by 1~Nanny (Alice) on September 28, 2014 at 8:05am

He steps onto the bootprints embedded in the sand
Bootprints of another who has walked that dusty land.
It is his turn to "cycle in" his journey's' just begun
It's time to relieve his brother and the job that he has done.


To continue reading:

Comment by bzygrama on September 27, 2014 at 8:43pm
Thanks Keri
Comment by 1~Keri (HCC) on September 27, 2014 at 7:58pm
(((Hugs))) from your family here bzygrama. Read Julie's comment just below, visualizing that cloud. Do not think beyond that cloud.
1~Keri (HCC)
MFN Marine Groups Moderator/mgr
VPP of Sgt. M - 1MEF/1LE Bn -- deployed
Isaiah 41:10
Comment by bzygrama on September 27, 2014 at 7:52pm
God Bless you all and prayers for you and your sons/daughters. My grandson gearing up for second deployment I am terrified. He says don't worry we are going to be ready.. Yeah right. They are strong and brave. I'm a mess.
Comment by 1~17smom (Julie) on August 28, 2014 at 6:23pm

I have a Marine mom whose son is in a high-security billet.  She counseled me to visualize Afghanistan (which is where both her son and my son were) as just a "cloud."  I should just think of him being there, somewhere in the "cloud" and not try to think beyond that because I really didn't know, couldn't know, wouldn't know what was going on.  She said I'd stay a lot more sane if I didn't think too much past the "cloud."  I wasn't always successful  -- I'd try to see inside the "cloud" -- but the idea did help me let go a bit.  I don't think any parents likes to be completely disconnected from what's going on with their child.  I can't tell you how many times I had to repeat the Serenity prayer to myself :)

I remember reading a story once about a Holocaust survivor who, when asked how he survived when so few did not, said, "I realized I couldn't control my environment, so I chose to control the only thing I could:  Myself and my thinking."  I've found that my thinking really is a powerful influence on how I'm coping.  If I can shift from what I don't know and what I worry about to something I can control, I cope a lot better.  I spent an awful lot of time sending care packages during my son's deployments, and doing one house project after another.  The more I accomplished, the better I coped.

Comment by 1~alex2toes(Dianne) on August 28, 2014 at 4:51pm

e-Marine is a great idea. You will get what up dates the FRO is able to give direct from the FRO.

Comment by Paul R on August 28, 2014 at 3:50pm

1076proudmom,  I know that it's always stressful when your child is deployed and for your own peace of mind,  have you connected with the parents of anyone else from his unit ? You would surely get more news when you don't hear from him directly. You could try a post in the discussion forum above this or on his units page. Have you tried EMarine ? I'll keep You & Yours in my prayers.

Comment by Dalene on August 28, 2014 at 1:56pm

My son has been there since March.  I haven't heard about no mail from him, so he obviously is in a different area.  It IS tough not being able to hear from them or talk to them.  But like Dee said, I also live by "no news is good news" and just keep looking toward the day they come home.  He has mentioned, though, about heading someplace different soon.  But he is a high-security billet, so of course I don't know where or when or what they'll be doing.  The not knowing IS hard.  But I just keep praying and leaving him in God's hands for protection and provision.  I'll keep your son in my prayers as well as you, 1076proudmom.  

Comment by Dee on August 28, 2014 at 1:30pm

Hang in there proudmom.  My son came back in May 2014 (wonder if your son's group replaced his) and it is so hard not to hear from them.  I had to live by the no news is good news.  You are in my thoughts and prayers - it is hard.


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