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Fort Benning Soldiers deploy to Afghanistan

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As the U.S. Military continues a massive draw down in Afghanistan a group of soldiers with the 3rd Brigade are heading back to the war front.

Family and friends gathered at Fort Benning early Monday morning to say goodbye to the 497th Movement Control Team. They are in charge of bringing all of the equipment home.

The team will also be in charge of the entry control point as well as the container yards.     

The unit is predicted to stay in Afghanistan for nine months and many of these soldiers volunteered to return to the battlefield. For others it's there first trip overseas to support the mission.  
"We're going to be the intermediaries in between there. As far as making sure that all the paper work is correct and basically to provide that intransability for the equipment coming back," Chad Hardy, Company Executive Officer says.

"It will take a lot of time, but it's really exciting to know that you're getting ready to bring home everybody and that we're drawing down in the war," Joshua Franklin, specialist says.

The soldiers will be stationed at the Kandahar Airbase. The deployment marks the 3rd brigade's fourth in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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