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More soldiers on the move from SWGA

^ Staff Sergeant Timothy Miller and wife Sebrena ^ Staff Sergeant Timothy Miller and wife Sebrena
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February 6, 2003

Thomasville - The National Guard in Thomasville sent almost 130 soldiers to Fort Benning Thursday.

With troops on the move, many children, wives, husbands, moms and dads were left behind. Those men and women in camouflage are with the 1148th Transportation Company. They soldiers drive trucks to haul military equipment.

Fifty National Guard vehicles on the move from Thomasville to Fort Benning. On those trucks, close to a 130 loved ones, like Staff Sergeant Timothy Miller. He says, "I hate it, but 21 years of this and first time I've had to do this. I have to accept the fact I have to go."

His wife, Sebrena, is not ready to accept. She says, "Hard, it's hard. He hasn't been gone this length of time before, it's hard."

It's also tough for other wives. Deborah Hammond of Valdosta, says, "Very sad, this is the first time for us." Hammond is left with four kids to take care of, a six month-old, two, six and an 18 year-old. She explains, "They're too little, they don't understand. It's hurting my older daughter. She understands. It's hard. Hard not knowing what's gonna happen."

It's also not easy for the soldiers. Walter Dawkins is leaving behind three boys and a wife. He says, "It's really hard. It was a spur of the moment decision. I'm very close to my family and I love them all." Soldier's savor the moments with hugs and kisses. Walter says, "I love them and y'all pray for us."

After all, the future is unknown. Soldiers don't know where the next stop will be after Fort Benning. However, they do know their family in South Georgia wants them to hurry up and come back home, safely.

The soldiers are expected to be at Fort Benning for three to four weeks, the rest is up in the air.

posted at 5:23PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com