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Civilian hopes to ease the military burden in Iraq

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Neal Herren said goodbye to his wife Sue, his daughter Crystal, and granddaughter Brianna Neal Herren said goodbye to his wife Sue, his daughter Crystal, and granddaughter Brianna

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More civilians who work at the Marine Corps Maintenance Center are going to Iraq to support the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle effort.

Neal Herren said goodbye to his wife Sue, his daughter Crystal, and granddaughter Brianna this morning at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

Herren has spent several months in South Carolina in class learning more about the repairs he'll make to IED resistant vehicles in Iraq. He volunteered for the effort to give troops a break.

"I'll be going in support of the troops. I'm a mechanic and hopefully we can take some of the workload off the military so they can go do their military job," said Neal Herren, MCLB Civilian Mechanic.

Herren and his family are used to being separated but say it's never easy. Herren served as an army ranger before retiring and starting work at the MCLB Albany.

 Herren's deployment is expected to last a year. Another civilian worker at the base, Bruce Lesieur, is scheduled to deploy soon.

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