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Del. National Guardsmen Deploy for Year-Long Tour of Duty

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Nikki Lavoie hugs her brother Sgt. Chris Connors, who is being deployed to Afghanistan. (Photo: WBOC) Nikki Lavoie hugs her brother Sgt. Chris Connors, who is being deployed to Afghanistan. (Photo: WBOC)

NEW CASTLE, Del.- The Delaware National Guard's 153rd Military Police Company is headed to Afghanistan to train Afghans in security operations. Even though families know their loved ones are needed halfway around the world, it still makes for a very hard goodbye.

"I'm going to worry about him every day from the moment he leaves until the day that he returns," said Nikki Lavoie, as she said goodbye to her brother Sgt. Chris Connors.

Even though guard members volunteered their service, leaving is never easy.

"I love them and I'm going miss them and I know that, I know it's coming," Connors said.

His father, Francis Connors, cherished their last moments together before his son deployed for the first time.

"I'm also proud and grateful that he's willing to do service for what I believe in because I served in the military. I was in the Navy for 11 years," he said.

Lavoie cherishes the memories she and her brother been able to make together.

"I'm grateful that we had a nice holiday and spent some family time together before he had to leave," she said.

The 175 National Guardsmen being deployed will first spend four weeks training in New Jersey.

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