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More than 150 soldiers leave Missouri to begin journey to Afghanistan

More than 150 soldiers have left Missouri to begin their journey to Afghanistan.
A deployment ceremony was held this afternoon at Pierce City High School in southwest Missouri.  Hundreds gathered to show support, including Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.
"These ceremonies show these men that we are behind them," family member Estella Osborn said.  "The most important thing is that they know the people at home are supporting them and waiting for them to come back home."
The 276th Engineering Company will spend the next couple months training at Fort Bliss in Texas, then they will head overseas to Afghanistan.
"My wife is actually pregnant right now," soldier Charles Fraley said.  "She'll be giving birth while I'm gone."
"I'm going to miss my wife, my family and my daughter the most," soldier Dylan Ward said.  "Honestly, it's a tough life.  When we get called on orders, it's hard to just pack up and leave your family, but at the same time, it's something that can benefit you in so many ways."
While they will be missed, the families beam with pride.
"I'm proud of my brother because he's been waiting for this chance forever," 15-year-old Crystil Morris said.
Morris is waiting for her own chance.  She plans to enlist when she turns 18 years old.
"I want to do this because my brother is my hero and I think it's a great accomplishment," she said. "To be dressed up in the uniforms and to be proud, and to be able to serve my country, I think it'd be a really great opportunity."
An opportunity to serve and to accomplish something admired by many.
The unit is hoping to be back home by the end of the year.
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