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Rocketeers leave for six-month deployment

By Kenneth Fine
Published in News on August 23, 2010 1:46 PM
Last update on: August 26, 2010 2:40 PM

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Col. Patrick Doherty talks to members of the 4th Fighter Wing's 336th Rocketeers before they board a plane for Bagram Air Force Base on Sunday. The airmen are charged with providing air support to combat operations in Afghanistan.

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Tonya Jaime looks out a window as her husband, Maj. Tom Jaime, leaves for his tour of duty.

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Capt. Curtis Culver kisses his fiancee, Stacia Culver, as they say goodbye Sunday on the tarmac at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.

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Hundreds of members of the 4th Fighter Wing's 336th Rocketeers leave for deployment to Afghanistan from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Members of the Rocketeers will be doing a six-month tour -- two months longer than their previous tour. For many airmen, this is their third or fourth deployment to Afghanistan.

Reece Dvorak's heart wasn't on Seymour Johnson Air Force Base Sunday. In his mind, as he waited with hundreds of other airmen to board a commercial airliner bound for war, he was with his wife and 18-month-old daughter, Adrianna....

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