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Tearful goodbyes from Riverside soldiers

July 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Hundreds of California National Guard troops shared time with their families before shipping out to Iraq from Riverside Tuesday.About 1,000 troops from the 1498 Transportation Company are deploying to Iraq. That means another 1,000 soldiers will be in harm's way; and another 1,000 families praying for their safe return.

This is not the first time many of these soldiers have been deployed, and some say it won't be their last. However, saying goodbye is never easy. Robert and Arlene Boggs were married about two months ago.

"First of all, I'm very sad, of course...and worried...I don't know how to explain it. But, very sad," said Arlene.

"I've gone twice, but never before when I was married. So, it's quite different this time," said Robert.

"I'm very proud. I'm very proud. I'm sad that he's leaving, but I'm very proud," said Rhonda Conerly, one soldier's aunt.

The 1498 Transportation Company is in charge of hauling recovery equipment, tanks, and lumber. Major Caroline Morales is their Commanding Officer.

"I'm extremely proud of this company and the soldiers that are here. They are motivated, they are honorable, they're proud to wear the uniform, and that goes a long way when you're trying to stick out a year in Iraq away from your family," said Major Morales.

On Tuesday the soldiers were given three special orders: Stay focused, take care of their buddies, and take care themselves.

The 1498 Transportation Company is scheduled to come home a year from July 22.

 

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