Lt. Col. Gordon Miller returned home after a 10-month tour of duty. Lt. Col. Miller made a quick return to the US in November to be with his wife, Heather, who was undergoing surgery for breast cancer, traveling 40 hours to arrive in time for her procedure.
He arrived home on Sunday, February 5, and is shown here with wife, Heather, and son, Ryan.
Lt. Col. Miller, Commanding Officer for Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, spent more than 10 months afloat. This deployment was one of the longest in recent history for a deployed Marine Corps unit, as Marine Corps units typically deploy for six to seven months.
"My wife having cancer during this extended deployment was a hard situation to deal with, but with all the professional and caring staff at the UNC-Chapel Hill cancer center, it made me feel safe and comfortable knowing she was being taken care of very well."