They'll be gone for 10 months, serving overseas amongst some
of the world's most dangerous criminals.
More than a hundred soldiers leave tomorrow for Guantanamo Bay
Today was a chance for the 339th Military Police Army Reserve
Unit out of Davenport, to say goodbye to their families and friends before
From the soldiers themselves…
"My grandmother and I are really close," said Sgt.
To their loved ones...
"We'll probably Skype and email as much as we can,"
said her uncle, Antonio.
Saying goodbye is never easy.
Especially when it's for 10 months.
"It's never an easy thing to leave your family and go
up away from everything that you have here in the United States, but it's worth
it because of the job we're doing, and for your family," said Captain John
Burman of the 339th Military Police Company.
Today a deployment goodbye rally was held at Bettendorf High
Speakers like the Arsenal's garrison commander, imparted
words of wisdom on the crowd.
Private Rachel Shaw, her fiancé Vince, and their son, Aiden,
were just one of the families there.
"I'm just gonna take every day like a blessing and make
it home to my kid," said Private Shaw.
It's Private Shaw's first deployment, and first long period
of time away from her family.
"It's gonna be tough, it's not gonna be easy," said her
And even though it's tough, Private Shaw said it's worth it,
to serve her country.
"Someone has to do it, so I decided to take that oath
and do it," she said.
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