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Updated: 01/14/2018 08:30:00AM

National Guard soldiers deploying to Middle East

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Fla. Gov. Rick Scott waived to the crowd a week ago during a deployment ceremony for Florida National Guard's 3rd of the 116th Field Artillery Battalion at Joker Marchant Stadium in Tampa, where 120 soldiers said goodbye to their families for deployment to Southwest Asia in support of a year-long mission of Operation Spartan Shield.

PHOTO FROM SHARON WALSH

Florida National Guard Sgt. Jordan Walsh - who grew up in Port Charlotte and lives in Tampa - said goodybe to his family Sunday including his wife Amber Walsh, holding daughter Katarina Pena, 6-month-old baby Hayden Walsh and 7-year-old son Landon Walsh. As one of 120 soldiers, Sgt. Walsh deployed for a year-long mission in the Middle East, following a deployment ceremony at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland.

PHOTO FROM SHARON WALSH

Florida National Guard Sgt. Jordan Walsh - who grew up in Port Charlotte and lives in Tampa - snapped a picture of himself and sent it to his mom, Sharon Walsh, after a deployment ceremony in Lakeland. Sgt. Walsh and about 120 other soldiers from the Florida National Guard's 3rd of the 116th Field Artillery Battalion are being deployed for one year to Southwest Asia.

PHOTO FROM SHARON WALSH

Florida National Guard Sgt. Jordan Walsh hugged his mom Sharon Walsh of Port Charlotte and son Landon Walsh, 7, near his Tampa home before attending a deployment ceremony in Lakeland and leaving for a year-long mission in the Middle East with about 120 members of Florida National Guard's 3rd of the 116th Field Artillery Battalion in support of Operation Spartan Shield.

By ANDREA PRAEGITZER

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Sharon Walsh had mixed emotions while watching a Florida National Guard deployment ceremony last weekend involving more than 100 soldiers, including her only son.

ā€œIā€™m very proud of him for choosing to serve his country,ā€ Walsh said about Sgt. Jordan Walsh, 29, who grew up in Port Charlotte.

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