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More South Georgians prepare for possible war

February 5, 2003


Thomasville- More signs of possible war with Iraq continue in South Georgia.

The 1148th Transportation Company is deploying 128 soldiers to Fort Benning Thursday.

The soldiers are getting ready to move all the way to war if they have to. The National Guard unit in Thomasville found out Saturday that their journey overseas would soon begin.

"We have to move all these trucks in this yard to Fort Benning with us, " said company commander Capt. Alice Hampton, company commander.

They don't know exactly where they're going or how long they'll be there.  And the job of these soldiers is as simple as they're motto; "You call, we haul." 

"We basically transport, so we'll most likely will be transporting anything they need taken anywhere." Hampton said.

 But picking up and leaving isn't always easy.

Specialist Jessie Jones from Valdosta makes his living driving trucks. So when he's not hauling a load, there's no pay check to pick up. And that means financial struggles for his family left behind.

"Well, let me just say this. I leave up to the man up above." 

Others, like Hampton, are left scrambling to find long-term care for their children. She spent Saturday traveling to Baltimore with her two young daughters, where they'll spend the next year with their grandmother.

But the soldiers say the mission is worth in the end... all for the good of our country.

posted at 11:55 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com