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Deployment ends holiday celebration for some soldiers

Deployment is difficult both for those who go to do their duty and for loved ones left behind.

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — For the 60 soldiers of the Army's 601st Area Support Medical Company who deployed Saturday evening from Fort Bragg to Afghanistan, a holiday weekend of Thanksgiving ended with tears of uncertainty and worry.

Deployment is difficult both for those who go to do their duty and for loved ones left behind.

"I'm thinking about going home, and he's not going to be there," Kimberly Tompkins said of her husband.

"It's really hard," said soldier Zachary Hogan gesturing to his son.  "I left when she was pregnant with him and got back when he was about four months old. He's about 18 months now, and I'm just doing it for him."

The soldiers of the 601st are expected to be gone for about a year. 

"No more than 365 days is what his orders said," Tompkins said. "So I'm going to hold the Army to it."

 

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