Emotional Goodbye: 145th AirLift Wing Deploying Overseas

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One hundred men and women of the 145th Air Wing are officially on their way overseas, headed to Afghanistan and Iraq. The troops will provide much needed support and supplies to troops already there.

It was an emotional goodbye at the NC National Guard Air base. There were hugs, kisses and tears but plenty of pride for their loved ones.

"I'm just trying to be as supportive as I can and tell him we appreciate what they're doing, and we're just really proud," said wife, Melissa Geoffroy.

Families gathered to see their loved ones off, like Robert Geoffroy. His wife Melissa is 7 months pregnant with their second child, a girl, they already have 3-year-old Caleb.

"It's going to be a great homecoming in a few months, I'll have a two month old and see my little man again," Tech Sgt. Robert Geoffroy.

The troops will be going to Afghanistan and Iraq providing needed support and supplies to troops already there, and they take their job seriously.

"Very important to me. Been doing this for 15 years and this is the second rotation I've had out in the middle east," said Robert.

"I'm a little bit more schooled about what we're going to go through, but it's still a long trip and emotionally but we know what he's doing is to serve and we're proud of him," said wife Melissa.

And Robert says he might not be here physically, but he still won't miss the birth of their little girl.

"It makes it a lot easier with technology, so via Skype, via Facetime, we'll be in the delivery room together," said Robert.

The troops are on a 120 day rotation overseas.


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