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Deployment at Fort Gordon brings bittersweet tears

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FORT GORDON, GA (WFXG) -

More than a hundred friends and family packed Gym #3 at Fort Gordon on an emotional Saturday to say goodbye to their loved ones.

"It's definitely a bittersweet feeling," said Ashlei Thompson, wife of a solider. "We'll miss them. This is what they were trained to do. Very proud of them."

Michelle Candela and Thompson came out to bid farewell to their husbands, specialists in the 67th Expeditionary Signal Battalion.

"A lot of emotions," said Candela. "Very mixed, I'm sad, but I'm proud also."

The newest member of the Candela Family has just as much pride as her mom.

"Her name is Madison, she's almost seven months," said Candela. "She just started crawling. She's an Army brat, I guess you can call her. She's very proud of her dad, too."

The Battalion will be deployed for nine months in the Middle East to install, operate, and maintain key communications and computer systems used in a wide spectrum of conflicts. While their husbands are off at war, these Army wives are trying to figure out how to make their time apart go by quickly.

"School, work, taking care of two dogs, shopping, staying busy, definitely, that's the key, just to stay busy," the wives explained.

And now they wait: for their troops return home, safe and sound.

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