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5 local contractors headed for the Middle East

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  One civilian marine and four contractors at the Maintenance Center Albany were on their way to the middle east Monday night.

Civilian Robert Smith is deploying to Kuwait for up to one year. Bradon Beecher, Neal Gassett, Damechea Hill and Sam Gamble, all contractors from AECOM, are deploying to Iraq for up to six months. They'll support the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program. Last week's mass shooting at Ft. Hood was on their minds as they said goodbye to family and friends at the airport Monday morning.

"I think it should be a volunteer basis. At times you may need to send someone although I would say volunteer would probably be best," said Neal Gassett, AECOM Contractor.

"You're going for the troops, you've got to give support to the troops. That's number one, you've got to give support to the troops," said Bradon Beecher, AECOM Contractor.

This is the first time in Iraq for most of the men who volunteered for the mission.

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