Fort Bragg soldiers say goodbye, head to Afghanistan

In total, nearly 400 soldiers will be away from their families for Christmas as they head overseas
January 4, 2014 6:09:27 AM PST
Hundreds of Fort Bragg soldiers said goodbye to their family members and headed to Afghanistan Friday for a year-long deployment.

Nearly 200 members of the 4th Brigade Combat Team will spend the next 9-12 months overseas training Afghan troops.

On Friday, ABC11 was there as families said their goodbyes, just before Christmas.

Sgt. John Schloeder is one of the soldiers deploying as part of the training mission with NATO.

"He is going to Afghanistan, and I'm going to miss him so much," his 5-year-old daughter Charlie said.

Charlie posed for the ABC11 cameras and held on to an early Christmas present from her dad - his dog tags.

"My dad's necklace he gave me," she showed us. "It says his last name."

There is one thing Charlie said she is going to miss most about her dad.

"He tucks me in and reads a book," Charlie said.

Another 200 families will be separated for the holidays, as 200 more soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team prepare for deployment in the next few days.

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