Alabama Troops Deploy

Thirty-five members of the 287th Army Reserve Transportation Company prepared Tuesday to leave for a more than year-long deployment overseas.

This is the third time for this unit to be deployed and its members say they are ready.

"I actually love it. I'm motivated," said SGT First Class Robert Taylor. " When they call me, I'm ready to go."

"I volunteered for this one," said Specialist William Cook. "I volunteered for my first and second one. So, it's just another day at the job.'

Unlike most members of the unit, Christopher Williams is new to the unit and being deployed. As a 2008 graduate of Sumter County High School, this will be his first assignment overseas.

"I did, but you have to take it as it comes," said 2008 Sumter County High School graduate Christopher Williams, when asked if he had expected to be deployed this soon. "You take the oath. It's what I want to do."

For SGT Lachica England, leaving behind her two-year-old daughter, Hope, is not easy.

"It doesn't feel good at all, but I'm ready," said England.

In the end, the soldiers all seem to agree that serving the country is truly a labor of love.

"I've got to do what I've got to do," said SGT First Class Jeff Buczowski. "It doesn't bother me as long as I'm serving my country and looking out for the welfare of the woman I love."


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