188th Deployment, July 2, 2012.
Date: 7/2/2012 Album ID: 1496632
Photos by Rachel Rodemann
300 members of the 188th Fighter Wing based in Fort Smith, Ark., deployed to Afghanistan on July 2, 2012.
Gary Barrett smiles while his daughter, Maci Barrett, 4, reads him a story at the 188th Fighter Wing, Monday, July 2, 2012, before his deployment to Afghanistan. Barrett's cousin, Kelsey Workman, left, and girlfriend, Rebecca Denham, right, look on.
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Brandon Djordjevic walks with his three-year old son, Rhys, at the 188th Fighter Wing, before his deployment to Afghanistan Monday, July 2, 2012.
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Master Sgt. Terry Harrower smiles as he receives a kiss from his son, Cohen, 2,  at the 188th Fighter Wing, before deploying to Afghanistan Monday, July 2, 2012. This will be Harrower’s first deployment since becoming a father.
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Devin Flaspohler smiles at his girlfriend, Christin Reed of Fayetteville at the 188th Fighter Wing, Monday, July 2, 2012. Monday’s deployment will be the first for Flaspohler, as well as his brother, Dustin.
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Tech Sgt. Rick Ventresea embraces his friend, Kayla Patnoe, before his deployment to Afghanistan at the 188th Fighter Wing, Monday, July 2, 2012.
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Ross Walker leans against a ladder at the 188th Fighter Wing, before his deployment to Afghanistan Monday, July 2, 2012.
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A1C Sean Liggett laughs with his son, Paxton, 2,  who was delighted with his new flag at the 188th Fighter Wing, Monday, July 2, 2012. The Daughters Of The American Revolution gave small flags to military families before the troops’ departure to Afghanistan.
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Rick Mott gets lost in thought watching his daughter, Bristol play at the 188th Fighter Wing, before deploying to Afghanistan Monday, July 2, 2012. He and his wife Lindsey, left, are both Tech Sergeants, though she will not be deploying on this tour.
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Parker Knapp, 2, holds a cluster of flags at the 188th Fighter Wing, Monday, July 2, 2012. The Daughters Of The American Revolution gave small flags to military families before the troops’ departure to Afghanistan Monday.
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Dustin and Devin Flaspohler smile together at the 188th Fighter Wing, Monday, July 2, 2012. Monday’s deployment to Afghanistan will be the first for the Flaspohler brothers.
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