FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - An emotional deployment ceremony today to honor a group of Fort Lee soldiers headed to Afghanistan.
Proud to serve their country these 70 soldiers are on a mission. During a deployment ceremony at Fort Lee, members of the 54th Quartermaster Company stood together. In the audience, loved ones stood in support. Including, Melissa Trevan. She's here to bid farewell to her husband, Specialist Joshua Trevan.
He and his comrades marched out of the ceremony and into the arms of friends and family. Trevan and her children have been through this before.
"It's tough this is our 3rd deployment. It will be a little shorter than the last but it never gets easier," said Melissa Trevan.
10-year-old Rachael calls the process painful. She misses her dad already.
"It's like having something precious and just losing it," she said.
But these soldiers say they have an important job to do. The 54th is a mortuary affairs unit charged with identifying and transporting the fallen to their final resting place.
"It's all about getting soldiers back with dignity and respect -- make sure they get back to their families," said Staff Sgt. Michael Frost.
Frost is leaving behind a pregnant wife to complete his mission.
"My wife is due on 11/11/11, so I'll get to come back to a beautiful little girl," he said.
And coming back safely is what loved ones will be praying for. The 54th Quartermaster is expected to arrive in Afghanistan this weekend.