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Debra and Johnny McDaniel wave as the bus carrying their son, 1st Lt. John McDaniel, to a year-long deployment in the Middle East, leaves from the Enterprise National Guard Armory on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2020.
The Cobb family from Hartford spend time together before the departure of Sgt. 1st Class Travis Cobb with the 1st Battalion, 173rd National Guard Infantry Regiment on Nov. 17, 2020. From left, daughter Averi, 9, Sgt. 1st Class Travis Cobb, son Nate, 12, and wife, Gena.
Brad and Jenee Taylor spend last moments together before he leaves with the 1-173rd for an overseas deployment.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 173rd Infantry Regiment based at the Enterprise National Guard Armory load buses to leave for deployment to Central Command, which operates in the Middle East and parts of Asia and Africa.
The Alabama Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 173rd Infantry Regiment out of Enterprise has been called to active duty, according to a news release from the Alabama National Guard.
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The unit conducted a deployment ceremony Sunday in Enterprise, attended by Alabama National Guard senior leaders, family members, and friends.
The soldiers will deploy to and perform missions for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. The unit will conduct some additional training at a mobilization station before deploying overseas.
The Alabama National Guard has called more than 25,000 personnel to active duty since 9/11 and remains a top contributor among the nation's National Guard organizations, according to the release.
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