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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - It was a morning of hugs and farewells at MCLB Albany as eight MCLB contractors and one civilian Marine left for Iraq. 

The group deployed Monday and will spend the next 6 to 12 months supporting the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program. The workers agree the time away from their loved ones will be tough, but their job away from home will be vital in keeping Marines on the front lines safe.

"We're going to go over there and keep the Marines rolling and the Army rolling with some of the best equipment they have. We're going to keep it up to speed and up to date. Our goal is keeping them going and keeping them safe," said Brian Raper, Civilian Contractor.

"The lives of the sailors and the Marines may depend on the equipment that they produce. So I tell them to always remember to simply do their best efforts in everything that they do," said Col. Terry W. Reid, Commander, Maintenance Center Albany.

The 9 MCA workers will join 22 fellow civilians workers from MCLB Albany already in Iraq. Once there, they will learn where in Iraq they will spend their tour.

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