Hawaii soldiers deploying for second time in less than two years

Hawaii Army National Guard

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Nearly three quarters of this unit have deployed before, 89 of them to be exact.

For soon-to-be father Clinton Redel, this will be his second deployment.

“It’s a little bit easier because I know what to expect but its still hard because now I’m married and have a baby on the way,” Hawaii Army National Guard Sgt. Clinton Redel said.

With a baby girl due in September, his wife says she’s fortunate to have a lot of family around to support her.

“As much as I want him here that’s what he does it’s his job. This is our first baby we’re very excited but he’s leaving,” Clinton’s wife, Joy said.

For Clinton’s mother, she says it never gets easier having to say goodbye to her son.

“Emotional its like um, bittersweet you know its sad to see him leave but I know he’s very well trained I have a lot of confidence in him,” Clinton’s mother, Camille Edwards said.

Clinton is not alone, he along with other soldiers in his unit will be sacrificing time with family to support ‘Operation Enduring Freedom.’

“I just been trying to spend as much time with them as possible and hopefully we have good communications while we’re gone,” Hawaii Army National Guard, Staff Sergeant Richard Lindley said.

“Its pretty hard as a parent leaving your kinds all the time we do our best though,” Hawaii Army National Guard, Efrem Hamasaki said.

And preparing for a deployment is difficult.

“The most you can do is just prepare your own mind you got to be strong if not, you’ll fall apart,” Hamasaki said.

Many soldiers in the unit say they’re all really close, and have been fortunate to have no one die while at war.

“We always look out for each other that’s the main thing what you see in formation today is what we’re going to come back with same people,” Hawaii Army National Guard specialist, Hazel Gomez said.

The unit will leave in groups and head to Fort Hood, Texas for training and they’ll be in Afghanistan by September.

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