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Seabees Deploy Overseas

"First platoon reports all present," the officer in charge yelled, as several hundred Seabees prepared to board buses Monday morning.

They are mission-ready after months of training. Based in Gulfport, these Seabees come from all over America.

"Long Island, New York," said Victoria McReynolds, in a strong New Yorker accent.

She's not the least bit nervous about the mission. This mother will be serving alongside Seabees who aren't much older than her 15 year old son.

"This is going to be my second deployment. And I like it. Seabees are awesome. I like the work we do. It's good," she said, smiling.

"Ten platoon. Ten hut!" the officer's voice boomed.

Those who wear the uniform hear the national debate over things like troop surge. For most, following orders simply takes precedent.

"Everyone's entitled to their opinion. That's why we do what we do, for your freedoms. And say what you want to say. So, I'm ready to do it. I support it, and let's go," said a ready Tony Alcea from Cleveland, Ohio.

Officers in charge of these mostly-young Americans concede every overseas deployment is risky, given the anti-American terrorists still active in the world. That's why Seabees build and fight.

"It's why you have ten months in home port to train them and make sure they're prepared as they go forth and practice the basics, so when they get out there it's old hat. It's second nature," said operations officer, Cameron Geertsema.

As they board buses for the first leg of a long journey, Seabees think about the loved ones they'll leave behind. Getting past the first few days is often most difficult.

"I would probably say the first month kind of drags. Usually the first month and the last month. Cause you're anticipating leaving and anticipating coming back home," said Corey Cooper.

Meanwhile, Victoria McReynolds was ready to get started.

"I want to go, get over there, do what we got to do, and come back home," she said.

By Steve Phillips

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