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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - About three-hundred airmen from Moody Air Force Base deploy to Afghanistan Thursday night.  The brave men and women of the 23rd Fighter Group will depart at 8:00 PM, headed for Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

While many are part of 74th Fighter Squadron, and the 23rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, most of those being deployed are from maintenance squadrons.

Deployment processing began at 11:00 this morning... The airmen went through equipment checks, medical services, and a briefing on what to expect when they get to Afghanistan.

"The men and women here at Moody Air Force Base always have a difficult job to do, leaving their families to go support the nation's call; however, we're always ready to go," says Captain Jim Satchell of the Logistics Readiness Squadron.

First Lt. Charles Merrell, who is being deployed for the first time, says, "I'm just ready to go, ready to get there, ready to do my job. We train here pretty hard. There's a lot of work and effort put into it."

Morale at Moody Air Force Base was extremely high as the men and women prepared to leave.  The airman say they are honored to protect their country.

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