Sharon Kelly (above) passes a patriotic decoration at the ceremony. Her grandson, James Kelly, is a member of the engineer company out of Summerville. At right, Aiden Riddle tries to put a cap on dad Casey Riddle’s head.
Soldiers with the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 1223rd Engineer Company wait to begin their deployment ceremony Saturday at the Summerville National Guard Armory. The unit is scheduled to go to Texas for pre-deployment preparation, then continue to Afghanistan to conduct deconstruction missions.
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Eight-day-old Demetrius Gadson Jr. sleeps through the deployment ceremony for his father, Demetrius Gadson.