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More S.C. Guard troops heading for Afghanistan

Feb 18, 2011 5:11:00 PM - thestate.com
About 350 family and friends gathered at the National Guard Armory in Columbia Friday morning for a formal departure ceremony for 120 soldiers heading for Afghanistan.

The S.C. Army National Guard’s 742nd Support Maintenance Company will leave Sunday for a one-year deployment in southern Afghanistan.

It will be a scary time for 20-year old Samantha Simmonds of Springfield when her 23-year-old husband Sgt. Daniel Simmonds leaves. She’ll have to depend on other family members to help care for their 1-year-old son, Ryan, and 2-year-old daughter, Kairi.

“You don’t know if he’s coming back,” she said. “But I have my kids and I can’t let the stress show.”

It is the second deployment of S.C. Army National Guard troops to Afghanistan in a week, and the third in a year.

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