The boy put on his red Superman cape, loaded foam darts into his Nerf gun, and prepared to follow his daddy off to war.
"Can I go?" 5-year-old Amir Carter asked his father.
Army Spc. Zedleur Addison bent and hugged his son Sunday in the crowded armory at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
"It's hard," the Edgewood soldier said later. "He doesn't quite understand."
Nearly 200 members of the Maryland National Guard parted with their families at the base in Edgewood on Sunday, boarded buses and left for a month's training in Fort Hood, Texas. They are scheduled to serve nine months in the Middle East.
The headquarters unit of the 29th...