RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) - They squeeze each other just a little tighter and a little longer. They know they have to make their final few minutes together last for six months.
Soldiers at Ft. Lee said good-bye to their families as they deploy to Afghanistan and Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Brittani Dukes hugs her husband over and over. "It's always difficult. This is our second deployment," she says. "As hard as it is, it's their job and you just got to stand by them."
Sgt. Kiree Dukes is a soldier with the 111th Quartermaster Company, one of the Army's only two active duty mortuary affairs units. "We got a mission to do. We're all focused on the mission and we're all there to support each other. We'll be good. We're a good solid group."
Tears flow, as husbands, wives, daughters and sons say 'I love you.' Many, like Tuesday Robinson, will look forward to the homecoming to get through this separation.
"It's going to be different especially when you're in a routine and you're in the same type of things every day and having that change now."
As they begin this deployment, all of us at ABC 8news wish the soldiers a safe journey. To their families left behind, we also thank you for your service.
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