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Departure Ceremony For Troops Headed To Afghanistan

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GREENWOOD COUNTY, S.C. -

Some folks in the Upstate are preparing to say goodbye to a loved one's headed overseas.

On Saturday hundreds gathered for a departure ceremony for troops that are headed overseas this summer.

113 Troops from the 198th Expeditionary Signal Battalion are being deployed to Afghanistan.


First Sergeant Robert Kappel with the ARMY National Guard says, "This is a time for us to show our appreciation for our families and community."

It was a very emotional time for family members and troops leaving. Jodi Ridgeway is saying goodbye to her nephew,

" It's pretty emotional, I keep a lot of the emotions to myself, my mom, which is his grandmother gets a little more emotional about it and we do worry about him leaving and we're here to support him and I am very proud of what he does and I'm to be home already but the year he is gone we will be right here waiting for him and support him and take care of him."

Ceremonies like this one is very important to the families and to the soldiers.

Sergeant Thomas Mize with the Army National Guard says,

"I think most people really realize when they're leaving, they're on the jet, I can speak for myself that that's the case. Sometimes the reality doesn't hit you right away but when it does it is something that you can deal with and we are all here to serve our country and we really care about what we do, so we can handle it."

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