Fort Indian Town Gap, Lebanon County—
About 100 Pennsylvania National Guard Troops and their families gathering this morning to say their goodbyes at Fort Indiantown
Gap in Lebanon County. They're leaving for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan
. Children, husbands, wives, and friends all trying to spend those last moments with their loved ones during a ceremony.
For many of the troops, no matter how many times they've been deployed, it never makes it any easier to leave their families.
" It`s not going to be easy. They`ve been through it before, I`ve been deported once to Kosovo, another 12 month deployment. Kids are getting a little older this time so it`ll be a little rougher on him," says Staff Sergeant Bill Shepherd
From the Gap these soldiers headed to Johnstown to meet up with about 200 more troops. Then it's on toFort Hood, Texas for training before leaving for Afghanistan.
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