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Military Moms Say Goodbye to Soldiers Deploying to D.C.

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Air defense soldiers get an escort to the airport before a year-long deployment to Washington D.C.

More than 50 members of the 1st battalion 188th Air Defense Artillery Regiment have a caravan of supporters on the road to the airport.

Sunday morning around nine o'clock the Patriot Guard led the way.

The unit is flying to Ft. Bliss Texas--then on to Washington D.C.

The North Dakota Army National Guard soldiers will be protecting the airspace around the nation's capital.

This is the most deployed unit in the Guard.

Several members have previously served overseas in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo.

An advance group of soldiers left last week.

As families, friends and loved ones gather to give their final wave goodbye, we talk with one mother who is having an emotional Mother's Day.

Darcy Schmidt has to say goodbye to not one but two sons.

Her twin 19-year-olds, Alex and Brennan Johnson, are deploying on their first mission since joining the Guard.

Their dad has been to Iraq twice.

Darcy has her daughter Grace and her husband here for support, but it's not been an easy day on mom.

"Just feel like they're my babies and it's Mother's Day and I won't see them for awhile, so I'm just sad, I'll miss them, but I'm happy for them, I'm happy for this experience for them." says Darcy Schmidt, mother of deploying twins.

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