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By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The holidays just won't be the same for one Albany family. While most relatives will gather around the Christmas tree, one will be thousands of miles away supporting U.S. Marines.

Derek Johnson is a Civilian Marine attached to the Maintenance Center at the Marine Corps Logistics Base. Monday evening he said goodbyes to his wife, three children and his mother before boarding a flight at the airport in Albany.

He's headed to Kuwait for a year-long deployment to work on military vehicles. It's the first time he's been away from his family for so long. It's especially hard during the holidays.

"I'm going to miss my babies. But it's the best for our family I think to go support our troops over there and make sure they have good vehicles to drive," said Johnson.

"I'm scared of being by myself but we'll be alright," said wife Amy Johnson.

The family will be able to stay in contact through web chats. Johnson should be able to return home for a visit after five or seven months.

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