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Updated: 01/10/2018 08:30:01AM

Battery B deployed to Middle East

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Lt. Conner Bair from Avon Park hugs his wife at Joker Marchant Stadium Sunday morning as Battery B, 3-116 Field Artillery has a departure ceremony for Operation Spartan Shield.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Gen. Michael A. Calhoun salute the soldiers of Battery B Sunday at Joker Marchant Stadium as they are being deployed to the Middle East for Operation Spartan Shield.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

The some 120 members of Battery B, 3-116 Field Artillery march onto the field at Joker Marchant Stadium Sunday at a departure ceremony for their participation in Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Charles Coates had a little time before the departure ceremony to play some soccer with his daughter, Nichole, and wife, Heather. The Bradenton resident is taking part in Operation Spartan Shield as a medic.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

PFC Gavin Peterson mans the flags before the Battery B, 3-116 Field Artillery Sunday at Joker Marchant Field in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Specialist Julian Jones (right) spends his last moments in Florida before being deployed in Operation Spartan Shield, with his girlfriend Sklyer Wilson.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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LAKELAND – Some 120 soldiers with the Florida National Guard launched their first artillery mission since World War II Sunday, while taking part in a departure ceremony at Publix Stadium at Joker Marchant Field in Lakeland.

Taking part in Operation Spartan Shield, the soldiers will be in the Middle East for nine months to a year. They are to join a National Guard unit in Asia.

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