278th Military Police Company Deployment Ceremony

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There was a departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Families and friends gather outside of gymnasium five during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Some stand to take pictures of the members company as they stand at the front of gymnasium five of during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. The company is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Chanavian Thomas (left) hugs her mother Christina Washington (right) over3-year-old Christopher Scott (Thomas' son) during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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A member of the company eyes the crowd during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. The company is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Michelle Queen (right) wears a shirt saying "I heart my Soldier Son" as she cheers near the end of the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Her son, Andrew Jarriel, is part of the company and will be deploying to Afghanistan. Queen stands with her husband Terry Queen (background center) and her mother Virgilynne Prewett (left) during the ceremony. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Michelle Queen (right) holds up a phone as she stands with her husband Terry Queen (left), while she watches her son Andrew Jarriel during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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The company stands outside of gymnasium five during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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The company stands outside of gymnasium five during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff
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William Hurt (left) holds his grandson Jayden Hurt as they sit with others gathered in gymnasium five during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. The company is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and Hurt's son -- William Hurt IV, is in the company. Sara Caldwellstaff
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Chanavian Thomas (left) hugs her sons, 3-year-old Christopher Scott (center) and 4-year-old Leon Scott (center, right) during the departure ceremony for the 278th Military Police Company of the Georgia Army National Guard on post at Fort Gordon on Saturday, April 6, 2013 in Augusta, Georgia. Thomas is a member of the company and is deploying to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Sara Caldwellstaff

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