878th Engineer Battalion National Guard Deployment

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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Holding a stuffed doll with his father's image and voice-recorded message, Conner Reeves, 5, right, leans against his cousin Katheryn Thompson, 7, during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013. This will be the second tour of duty for Reeves' father, Cpt. Dixon Reeves.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Ret. SFC Cecil Barnes and his wife Michele Barnes attend a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013. Barnes' son, 1st Lt. Cecil Barnes II, is leaving for his first tour of duty.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Julia Reeves sits next to a sign and stuffed dolls with her husbands image and voice recorded during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013. This will be the second tour of duty for Reeves' husband, Cpt. Dixon Reeves.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Mayor Deke Copenhaver speaks during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldier Spc. Joseph Harris stands at ease before a ceremony for the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion file into Whole Life Ministries for a ceremony before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Julia Reeves, right, with her son Conner, 5, attend a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013. Reeves husband, Cpt. Dixon Reeves, second from left, will be leaving for his second tour.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Isabelle Reeves, 4, sits next to her aunt, Valerie Dowling, left, during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013. Reeves father, Cpt. Dixon Reeves, will be leaving for his second tour.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Commanding General of the Georgia National Guard, Brigadier General Joseph Jarrard, speaks during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion attend a ceremony before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Brigade Commander of the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, Col. Andy Hall, speaks during a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion attend a ceremony before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion attend a ceremony before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Sgt. Travis Deal, of Hartwell, Ga., kisses his wife Christa, after a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Spc. Jonathan Wiggins places a blanket over his eight-day-old baby girl, Lily, after a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion attend lunch with family members before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion attend a ceremony before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Sgt. Travis Deal, of Hartwell, Ga., and his wife Christa, walk with their daughter Raelyn, after a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion attend a ceremony before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Spc. Jackie Mackie, of Augusta hugs her daughter Jaquria Gilbert, after a ceremony for Georgia National Guard soldiers of the 878th Engineer Battalion before deployment to Afghanistan on Friday, February 8, 2013.

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