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More than 450 U.S. Army National Guard soldiers (Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

More than 450 U.S. Army National Guard soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill, stand ready during a deployment ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Local soldiers deploy for Afghanistan

More than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill, deployed for Afghanistan on Sunday. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

More than 450 U.S. Army National Guard soldiers
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

More than 450 U.S. Army National Guard soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill, stand ready during a deployment ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Army National Guard Pfc. Claudia Cardoza of
(Credit: Meghan Murphy)

Army National Guard Pfc. Claudia Cardoza of the Bronx hugs a friend before deploying to Afghanistan Sunday with more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Alisa Dwane of Queens says goodbye to her
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Alisa Dwane of Queens says goodbye to her husband, Pfc. Matthew Dwane, on Sunday at a deployment ceremony at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh before he deployed to Afghanistan with more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill. (Aug. 19, 2012)

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From left, Nyasia Trinidad, Jessica Aponte, Karen Aponte
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

From left, Nyasia Trinidad, Jessica Aponte, Karen Aponte and Destiny Quinones hold a poster wishing farewell to Army National Guard Sgt. Hernan Aponte, who deployed to Afghanistan Sunday along with more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Nicole Lifite of Albany hugs her boyfriend, Sgt.
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Nicole Lifite of Albany hugs her boyfriend, Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Sherwood Johnson, of Virginia, before he deployed to Afghanistan Sunday with more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Families wave farewell to the more than 450
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Families wave farewell to the more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill, as they march out of the hangar to be deployed to Afghanistan Sunday. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Alisa Dwane of Queens hugs her husband, Pfc.
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Alisa Dwane of Queens hugs her husband, Pfc. Matthew Dwane, before he deployed to Afghanistan Sunday with more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

Families wave farewell to the more than 450
(Credit: Meghan E. Murphy)

Families wave farewell to the more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill, as they march out of the hangar to be deployed to Afghanistan on Sunday. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)

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