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It was an emotional day at the National Guard Armory in Louisville, as families said goodbye to their soldiers and prepared for a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
Members of the 1103rd Military Police Detachment are heading to Afghanistan to maintain order on various compounds across the country. Combined with the out-of-state training they must do before leaving the U.S., the soldiers will be gone for nearly one year.
"I worry about him just because I love him but I know he is going to be okay," said Brittany Lepou. Brittany also serves in the military, but watching her fiance Brian take off on his ninth deployment remains hard.
"You love somebody, you don't want to see them go for nine or ten months at a time. It's hard to be away from somebody you love like that."
All 45 of the soldiers being deployed serve as military police. They will maintain order at different compounds throughout Afghanistan. Most of these men and women also hold civilian jobs as police officers or state patrol.
"We are just going to be trying to keep American soldiers in line. Make sure we are doing the right thing even though we are over seas," said Staff Sergeant Charles Bailey.
Although these soldiers have 52 deployments between them, it doesn't make this one any easier.
"I did it once and it was horrible. So it's rough but you get through it," said Charles. His young son pipes in, "Like last year, dad." Charles choked back tears as he looked down at his son, "it was a long time wasn't it buddy." The sadness around the armory Sunday was wide spread, as some said goodbye to new family members.
With a recent marriage and a brand new baby, Nyron Scott's second deployment carries a lot more emotional weight than the first.
"You miss birthdays, and I'll probably miss the first time she walks so it will be tougher," said Scott. But his desire to fulfill a service to the country he loves trumps any possible regrets.
"I'm a big patriot and I'll do anything for my country so whatever they need me to do, I'll do it."
With Operation Enduring Freedom coming to a close, this group will most likely be one of the last to head to Afghanistan from Louisville.
And although the room was full of sadness as relatives lingered on their goodbyes, there was also an overwhelming theme of pride.
"We just hope he stays safe and he'll come home to us again," said Linda Livers. She said she is sad, but also proud of her nephew.
Now these men and women will head to Ft. Dix in New Jersey where they will go through 60 days of training. Then they are off to Afghanistan for nine months of deployment.