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PHOTO GALLERY: Soldiers depart for year-long Kuwait deployment

Family and local citizens gathered at the National Guard Armory in Ontario on Monday, Aug. 8, to send off 16 guardsmen for their year-long deployment to Kuwait.

A motorcycle escort, plus vehicles from local fire and ambulance departments, led the way out of the armory grounds as soldiers waved from the windows of their bus. Relatives held handmade signs while others said their goodbyes earlier at a mobilization ceremony held on Sunday.

For some relatives, like Angie and Geraldo Lopez, it isn't their first send-off – the duo's son David Rangel will be joining a brother already stationed in Kuwait. For others, like the Hawley family, it will be daughter Leila's first time seeing her father deployed.

"It never gets easier," said Angie Lopez.

The 16 guardsmen will supplement a unit from Idaho as part of Operation . . .