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Connecticut National Guard holds send-off for last unit to deploy this year

A send-off ceremony held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn., for approximately 70 soldiers of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, (CSSB), of Waterbury, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Maj. Gen. Thaddeus J. Martin, commander of the Connecticut National Guard, enter Tuesday during the processional at the send-off ceremony for the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, at the William A. O’Neill Armory in Hartford.

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Bobby Easton, second from right, of Waterbury, a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, participates in a send-off ceremony held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn., for approximately 70 Soldiers of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) of Waterbury, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

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Specialist Danielle Leach, second from left, stands with fellow members of her unit during a send-off ceremony held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn., for approximately 70 Soldiers of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) of Waterbury, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

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Bella Daigle, third from left, 4, of South Windsor, looks up at her father Sgt. First Class Joe Daigle, a former member of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) of Waterbury, who just returned from a deployment, during a send-off ceremony held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn., for approximately 70 Soldiers of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) of Waterbury, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. Daigle and his two daughters including Milla Daigle, left, 8, are attending the ceremony because he is friends with most of the members.

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Major Jeff Connelly, left, of Groton, executive officer of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) of Waterbury, shakes hands with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn, during a send-off ceremony held at the William A. O'Neill Armory in Hartford, Conn., for approximately 70 Soldiers of the 143rd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) of Waterbury, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013.

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