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Deployment delayed for Fort Bragg troops

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The soldiers are expected to be in Afghanistan for at least nine months. The soldiers are expected to be in Afghanistan for at least nine months.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. -

Nearly 70 Fort Bragg soldiers captured memories and hugs with their families as they prepared for deployment to Afghanistan Saturday morning until they learned their deployment was delayed.

Members of the Charlie Company 3rd Battalion 82nd CAB Medical Evacuation Company have known about the deployment to support Operation Enduring Freedom for months.

Just as the families were saying their goodbyes, they got an unexpected surprise.

The deployment had been delayed by Mother Nature.

"Our flight has been delayed due to weather so family members have a little more time to spend with their loved ones," said 1st Sgt. Tammy Poole. "Nothing is every concrete. That's pretty much the way of life for the Army so we are used to it."

Army wives say whether it's your first deployment or your fifth, it doesn't get any easier.

“I'm nervous about a lot but it's not much I can do," said Tanisha McKoy.

Family members say the announcement has its drawbacks.

"It's a bit of an emotional roller coaster where you are all set up and have yourself prepared to say goodbye and then find out on the one hand we don't have to say goodbye yet but we have to do this all over again in a couple of days, said Army wife Jamie Ray. “I imagine it will be especially hard on the kids."

That's too long for family members, but they say modern technology makes it easier to keep in touch with their loved ones.

"With today's technology we still have Skype, that is better than just letters," said Tanisha McKoy's husband Spc. Christopher McKoy. "We have that and Facebook it just depends on what's going on at the time."

The battalion will provide medical support for U.S. and NATO forces while Afghanistan for nine months.

The soldiers are expected to deploy later this week.

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Shumuriel Ratliff

Shumuriel, a North Carolina native, is thrilled to be back in the Tar Heel state as a general assignment reporter for WNCN.
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