FT. RUCKER-- The One-64th Theater Airfield Operations Group loaded the bus Saturday morning, headed to Kuwait, as many friends and family members bid farewell.
"The emotional tug is one of the more challenging things. That's what we're doing today, giving the soldiers some time to say goodbye to their families and hug their kids."
"The worst part about deployment is missing the family, for me. Everybody's a little bit different. But my kids are very young. When my daughter was young I missed her walking, I'm gonna miss Christmas and Thanksgiving again this year. So that's absolutely the hardest part for me."
Shannon says the business of defending freedom is a tough job, but not as hard as leaving behind a family.
"I'm leaving at home my wife Darlene, my son Avery who is currently on a Cub Scout trip to Mobile, and I have Laura and Sammy here with me as well."
"Are you gonna miss Daddy when he's gone? Mmmmhmmm! Show them Daddy Doll who you have right here in your hand."
"What's your name? Sammy! Are you gonna miss Daddy when he's gone too? Yes! Can you give Daddy some kisses please? *Muah*"
And for many of these soldiers, it's not their first tour overseas.
"As a husband and wife, this is our sixth deployment to combat."
So put your yellow ribbons up while the Wiregrass waits for the soldier’s safe return.
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