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Troops deploy from East Point for overseas duty

EAST POINT, Ga. – Sixty soldiers from across the United States flew out of Atlanta Tuesdya morning for a tour of duty in southwest Asia.

There was an extra tug on every hug. Some even held longer and tighter as the soldiers prepared for departure. As difficult as it was, it was still considered the easy part because of what lies ahead.

It’s the first time Staff Sgt. Lawrence Olive, a reservist and single father, will be away from his 7-year-old son.

"Every time he sees my face he's happy,” Olive said. He's a bit upset that I’m leaving, but he knows it's for a greater good."

Olive is among the 60 soldiers with the U.S. Army’s 335th Signal Command Unit deploying to southwest Asia. Their mission: maintain the Army's communication in that region. 

"This is deployment number four for me,” said Captain Michael Porter. “My daughter, I missed her birth and the first two years of her life because of deployments."

Freedom Riders were on-hand to help send off the troops. 

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