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Soldiers depart Fort Benning for nine month deployment

They're confident and they say they are ready to get the mission done. Soldiers and their families said their final goodbyes before they left for a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.

Hugs, kisses, and whispers of comfort filled the air at Fort Benning.

"I've been through uncles and cousins and close relatives going and they've always came back so this isn't any different for me," said Raquel Henandez-Snyder

Married for eight years and father of two, Specialist Brian Hernandez-Snyder held his six-year-old son George tight and stood close to his daughter 17-year-old Raquel moments before he deployed for the first time.

"I'm not worried at all because in my law enforcement background I have been shot at, nearly killed, and been in high speed pursuits; so I'm not worried.  That's why I know I'm going to come home," Hernandez-Snyder said.

Complete the mission and come home, that's what many of the soldiers in the 63rd Engineer Company of the 11th Engineer Battalion said to News Leader 9.

The mission is to deconstruct facilities that are no longer functional or required.

"We're very well trained, very well disciplined; I have a lot of confidence in them and I have a lot of confidence in this mission," Sfc. Timothy Kiernan said.

Between 100 and 200 soldiers are expected to make the trip to Afghanistan.

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