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Family and friends of soldiers from the 96th Transportation Company, 49th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command say their goodbyes while leaving for the company's deployment to Afghanistan, Friday, December 27, 2013 at West Fort Hood.

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As Sgt. Jason Boch prepared for his fifth deployment, he knew this one would be different.

His first son was born during his last one and the family has continued to grow.

Kolton is now 3½ and their youngest, Logan, is about to turn 1 year old.

“It’s definitely different,” said Cari Boch, the sergeant’s wife. “Now that (Kolton’s) aware of what’s going on, it’ll be more difficult. I’ve been telling him daddy has to go on an airplane to work and take care of the bad guys.”

Jason Boch was one of about 120 soldiers in the 96th Transportation Company, 49th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command, to deploy to Afghanistan on Friday morning.

The unit is expected to spend the next nine months providing heavy support transportation assets and gun crews to Camp Leatherneck in Regional Command South, said Capt. Wesley Fink, company commander.

Soldiers returned from a similar mission in the same area 13 months ago.

“It’s something they’re very familiar with; however, the environment changes,” Fink said. “Soldiers have been training for about a year.”

It’s the company’s eighth deployment in support of the global war on terror.

“We are excited for what new day we are helping to bring about,” Fink said, addressing soldiers during the colors-casing ceremony at the West Fort Hood Physical Fitness Center.

Jason Boch, a mechanic, said he felt trained and ready to go.

“I’m ready to get it over with and come back,” he said.

While he’s gone, his wife and sons plan to use a jar filled with jellybeans to countdown his return.

Rose L. Thayer is the military editor for the Killeen Daily Herald. She joined the paper in February 2011 as a health and military reporter. View her complete profile Here. You can contact Rose L. Thayer at rthayer@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7463. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary.

13 images

Herald/CATRINA RAWSON

Family and friends of soldiers from the 96th Transportation Company, 49th Transportation Battalion, 4th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command say their goodbyes while leaving for the company's deployment to Afghanistan, Friday, December 27, 2013 at West Fort Hood.

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