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Local troops deploy for mission in Afghanistan

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Ben Fogletto

Jennifer Heist, of Hammonton, consoles her niece, Hailey White, 11, of Hammonton, before deploying with her unit Sunday. The 150th National Guard Engineer Company out of Hammonton is deploying to Afghanistan to support CENTCOM's recovery projects, putting military bases back in their original state to handoff to Afghan forces.

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HAMMONTON — Not even a kiss on the forehead could console Samina Malik, who clung to her 20-year-old son, Mohammed Masood, as he prepared to leave Sunday for a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

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Ben Fogletto

Jennifer Heist, of Hammonton, consoles her niece, Hailey White, 11, of Hammonton, before deploying with her unit Sunday. The 150th National Guard Engineer Company out of Hammonton is deploying to Afghanistan to support CENTCOM's recovery projects, putting military bases back in their original state to handoff to Afghan forces.