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SWMO soldiers receive special farewell

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Southwest Missouri soldiers receive a special farewell before heading overseas.

A ceremony was held at Missouri Southern State University this morning.

40 members of the 414th Military Police Company will soon be deployed to Afghanistan to assist with security operations.

This marks the fifth deployment for some soldiers, and the first for others.

Soldiers of all ages agree it's a rewarding experience that comes with an emotional goodbye.

"A lot of the skills that you learn here, you can use to be successful anywhere in the world," said William Jennings Beacham, US Army.  "Just the drive, motivation and work ethic, it's a good experience."

"It takes a lot of inner strength to do what we do," said Justin Brock, US Army.

"You always hate to leave your family," said Mike Runnebaum, retired member of the 414th Military Police Company. "You miss and think about them everyday while you're gone, so it just makes those coming home ceremonies that much more special."

The group's length of deployment is scheduled to last around 9 months.
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