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75 soldiers deploy overseas from Fort Sill

LAWTON, Okla._Seventy-five soldiers said goodbyes to their families at Fort Sill Saturday as part of the post's latest deployment overseas.

These soldiers are part of the 75th Fires Brigade and will be integrated into the U.S. forces stationed in Kuwait for the next nine months. This will be the first time approximately half of these soldiers have been deployed overseas.

Jolleen Sogioka is watching her husband of just four months Captain Michael Sogioka deploy for the first time since they got married on August 29th.

"I miss him. I am going to miss him. I miss him already but I know that he is going to come home safe. I know the lord going to protect him," she said.

Sogioka says the next few months will be extremely difficult but this is all part of being an Army wife supporting her husband through the time he is away.

"The separation can cause some difficulties but you find ways to manage things. You find ways to handle it and just truck on. It's just like being a soldier," she said.

Deploying with Captain Sogioka and seventy-three other soldiers will be Colonel Mike Eastman the Commander of the 75th Fires Brigade.

He says this is a good deployment that these soldiers are well equipped for.

"It's a rotation that this particular kind of unit that we are headquarters for field artillery integration is designed to do so it's a great opportunity," he said.

During the nine months Captain Sogioka will be gone Jolleen says she will be planning a formal wedding because theirs was just a civil ceremony at the courthouse.

"We actually have our wedding, our big wedding planned for next December in California with our family," Sogioka said.

Just like Joleen all the families of these seventy-five soldiers at Saturday's ceremony are looking ahead to when they are back home.

"It's hard right now that he's leaving but I know in my heart that he is going to be just fine so I am counting down the days even right now," said Sogioka

In September 2006, the 75th Field Artillery Brigade was renamed the 75th Fires Brigade continuing to serve Kuwait following its liberation from Iraq in 1991 as part of Operation Desert Storm.

According to the U.S. Army, the 75th Fires Brigade is considered one of the most powerful brigades in the U.S. because of all the combat capabilities they have as a unit.

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