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Mississippi soldiers headed to Kuwait includes a husband & wife

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Married couple Sgt. Courtney Davis and Sgt. Willie Davis among those to deploy Married couple Sgt. Courtney Davis and Sgt. Willie Davis among those to deploy

A room in the Walter William Scott U.S. Army Reserve Center was packed in support of Army soldiers preparing to head to Kuwait within the next four months.

"We had basically standing room only so that really says a lot about the support of the unit which is heartfelt," said Colonel Emily Perry.

Col. Perry is one of nearly a dozen women in key leadership roles within the 3rd Human Resources Sustainment Center. She said once the group gets overseas they'll maintain H.R. operations, like keeping track of injuries and casualties. But before their work begins the soldiers focused on their last moments with relatives.

One of the youngest in the group is 22 year-old Specialist Earlandrius Parker. This is Parker's first deployment and she's leaving behind her little girl.

"I've cried several days thinking about leaving her, but later in life she'll think about the sacrifice I made for her and she'll be appreciative of it," said Spc. Parker.

Saturday's deployment wasn't as difficult for Sergeant Courtney Davis and Sergeant Willie Davis who were married last August.

"This is my better half I really needed him to go," said Sgt. Courtney Davis.

"It's good to have someone over there to share the experience with who knows what you're going through," said Sgt. Willie Davis.

The unit's deployment will likely last for 9 to 12 months. They hope to return home by Christmas.

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