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Soldiers and their families are addressed before the 645th Regional Support deployment. (WWJ Photo)

Soldiers and their families are addressed before the 645th Regional Support deployment. (WWJ Photo)

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BERKLEY (WWJ) – It was a soldiers send off party in Berkley for the 645th Regional Support group out of Southfield getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan.

They are getting ready to ship out to Ft. Hood, Texas before heading to Afghanistan.

The group will first head to Texas for extra training, and then on to Afghanistan. They’ll provide food, clothing, shelter and medical assistance to troops.

“We are supporting those people who we would call the war fighter, so they are coming into theater and out of theater,” says Lt. Col. Larry Begun to WWJ’s Mike Campbell.

Begun says he is ready for the mission but will miss his wife and two young children.

“When I went in 2003 we didn’t have a ceremony like this, and we didn’t have the opportunity for the families to do something like this, so it’s good.” says Lt. Col. Michelle Wood.

Woods says she is ready to go to Afghanistan but her parents, Shirley and Richard Wood are not so eager.

“When she was born my mother said, “Oh, I’m so glad you have a daughter, you’ll never have to worry about her going in the military,”” says Shirley Wood.

“I’m very proud of her, they’re over there doing a mission,” says Richard Wood.

 K.C. Carter is the mother of Tom Ayotte , who was there with his family.

She says she is impressed and proud of her son: “I support him in whatever he does, but I can’t tell you that I’m happy about it,” says Carter.

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