An NAS Kingsville sailor recently returned from a nine-month assignment as an individual augmentee working off the coast of Africa.

ABH2 Marissa Cisneros was greeted by family, friends and NASK personnel Aug. 14 when she landed at Corpus Christi International Airport.

“My parents tried to surprise me, but I got an alert that my front door was unlocked and when I looked at the camera, I saw my dad’s truck,” she said, laughing. 

“It was a great assignment, but it’s really great to be home.”

As an Aviation Boatswain’s Mate, Cisneros’ job includes a variety of tasks involving launching, landing and servicing aircraft on board ships.

Like many individual augmentees (IA), Cisneros is limited on how much she can say about the deployment.

“I was filling a Landing Signals Enlisted position, landing helicopters on a ship off the coast of Africa,” she said. 

In the first decade after the Sept. 11, 2011 terrorist attacks, thousands of IAs were called up to augment units deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as filling other military personnel shortages.

But IA deployments have become much less common in recent years. In addition to Cisneros, NAS Kingsville has deployed two security personnel as IAs in the past year.

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