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Sad goodbye

Capt. Robert Lemire with the 168th Engineer Group embraces his wife, Terri, and daughters, Cheyenne, right, and Racheal of Brandon just before loading the buses parked in front of the Stainbrook National Guard Armory Thursday night. About 80 people with the Mississippi Army National Guard 168th Engineer Group left the Vicksburg headquarters heading for Fort Stewart, Ga., for its first, full, active-duty deployment. Soldiers are expected to remain on active duty for about a year as part of a presidential partial mobilization of reserve forces in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.(Melanie Duncan ThortisThe Vicksburg Post)