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Deployment Ceremony at Fort Sill

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Fort Sill, Ok_Family, friends and Vietnam Veterans were in attendance as dozens of soldiers went through their deployment ceremony, Wednesday morning.

The 761st Explosive Ordnance Detachment will be deployed for nine months in Afghanistan in the next couple of weeks.  The unit is comprised of 44 troops.

Captain Bradley Jarrett said the extensive training has the detachment ready for the deployment.  The train up for an EOD deployment is very extensive we have very skills specific training for electronics for ordinance for basically any kind of situation we could face down range," Jarrett said.

You could tell that everyone had a lot of pride in the detachment and even though the job is tough, the families help each other get through the nine months.   "I think when your husband picks a job to go down on bombs for a living it's going to be a little nerve wracking from time to time," said Kelly Zampieri, the wife of Staff Sergeant Christopher Zampieri.

She watched as her husband and the rest of the 761st Explosive Ordnance Detachment went through their deployment ceremony.  Kelly grew up in an army family and said that has given her comfort with Chris leaving.

"It's really nice for me; I have my sister who is also an EOD wife. She's already been through a deployment.  She's been very sweet."

But preparing to be away from family for nine months is no easy task as the Staff Sergeant can attest to.  "I am not pretty sure you can prepare. You just try to dot all the I's and cross all the t's. Make sure you have things set up that she can take over anything you need but again communication is going to be the key between the two of us,"  said Zampieri.

This will be his second deployment but the first since being married to Kelly.  She says that while Chris is away a close-knit group of the other wives also help with making it through.  "We're all very supportive with each other we all spend a lot of time together. Especially when the guys are gone. Whether it means they're gone a couple days or longer than that or who knows we always make sure we get together whether it's once or twice a week," Zampieri said.

Chris says that communication is key to any marriage and the military has made it easier to do while deployed.  "Military has really with communications systems, MWR, internet, things like that where you can do Skype and things like that. Where you can talk to each other.  So it really helps with it," he said. 

Captain Jarrett was boastful of the 761st and says he is proud of them and that they are some of the most capable soldiers in the U.S.  They look forward to not only representing the United States but Fort Sill and Lawton as well.

When the members of 761st are here at Fort Sill, they're called out to assist local law enforcement to dispose of, or defuse military explosives that could be found in residential areas.  Six soldiers from their unit will be staying behind to continue that work.

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