Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Associated Press
Staff Sgt. Ryan Estes and his family pose for a photo before the start of Saturday's "Hero's Send-Off Ceremony" at the Portland Expo. He is a member of the a Maine Army National Guard unit that is deploying to Afghanistan. With him are his wife, Myra; and daughters Peyton, 8, left, and Dakota, 3.
Gordon Chibroski/Staff Photographer
PORTLAND — About 200 Maine National Guard soldiers are ready to deploy to Afghanistan.
Sen. Susan Collins and other dignitaries joined soldiers and families on Saturday for a send-off ceremony at the Portland Expo.
The Guard members are from the 133rd Engineer Battalion and the 1035th Engineer Detachment.
They include a mother and son, Spc. Andrew Parker and Spc. Holly Parker, from Unity. Sgt. 1st Class Randal Parker, father and husband, is sitting this deployment out.