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Soldiers from the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade (Credit: Charles Eckert)

Soldiers from the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade take part in a deployment ceremony at Hofstra University, after which they will head to Fort Bliss, Texas, for mobilization training prior to their scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

LI soldiers depart for Afghanistan

About 100 members of the Army's Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade are on their way to Fort Bliss, Texas, the first stop on a yearlong combat deployment to Afghanistan.

Soldiers from the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Soldiers from the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade take part in a deployment ceremony at Hofstra University, after which they will head to Fort Bliss, Texas, for mobilization training prior to their scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner of Port Jefferson Station
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner of Port Jefferson Station plays with his daughter Aubrey, 1, after the deployment ceremony at Hofstra University. He is one of about 100 members of the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, for mobilization training prior to deployment to Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner says goodbye to his
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner says goodbye to his daughter Aubrey before leaving to Fort Bliss, Texas, on the way to Afghanistan. Weingartner served in the chaotic first months of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and will soon be going to Afghanistan for a second deployment. (Aug. 23, 2012)

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Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner hugs relatives before beginning
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner hugs relatives before beginning his deployment to Afghanistan. Weingartner served in Iraq in 2003, but was single then. This time, he will say goodbye to a wife and two daughters when he leaves for Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner of hugs a relative
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner of hugs a relative after a deployment ceremony at Hofstra University. He said he found it hard to tell his daughter that he was going off to war. "We tried to explain it to her the best we could," he said. "She's very proud, though, and tells everyone I'm in the Army." (Aug. 23, 2012)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner of the Farmingdale-based 333rd
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Robert Weingartner of the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade will head to Fort Bliss, Texas, for mobilization training prior to scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. Weingartner's wife, Jackie, 30, looked away when she was asked if she was concerned about the rising violence in Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

Staff Sgt. Arturo Bellini of Cornwall holds his
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Arturo Bellini of Cornwall holds his son John, 5, as his daughter Juliana, 7, and wife Melissa, join them after a deployment ceremony at Hofstra University. He is one of 100 soldiers who will depart to Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

Staff Sgt. Steve Toboz of Hamilton, N.J., plays
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Steve Toboz of Hamilton, N.J., plays with his 8-month-old son Stevie after a deployment ceremony at Hofstra University. He is a member of the Farmingdale-based 333rd Military Police Brigade and is heading to Fort Bliss, Texas, for mobilization training prior to deployment to Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

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Staff Sgt. Robert Munden of Allentown, Pa., holds
(Credit: Charles Eckert)

Staff Sgt. Robert Munden of Allentown, Pa., holds his daughter Addison, 3, after a deployment ceremony at Hofstra University. He is headed to Fort Bliss, Texas, for mobilization training prior to scheduled deployment to Afghanistan. (Aug. 23, 2012)

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