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Milo Guardsmen Ready to Re-Deploy 

There was a good turnout at the Memorial Day ceremony in Milo today. Among the many guests of honor, five men stood apart from the crowd. The firing squad — all Air National Guardsmen — are getting ready to re-deploy to Iraq.”I’m excited about it. It’ll be really interesting going with the people that I know, knowing what their skill levels are,” says CMSgt. Dennis Wellman, who will be on his fourth deployment. Among them, there are two brothers, and a father and son.”I’m proud,” says TSgt. Robert Coburn Sr., of his son. “I think it’s going to be a good time for us. He’s seen stuff that I haven’t seen.”TSgt. Coburn will be deploying for the second time. His son has already deployed twice as a Marine. “There’s a lot of experience coming with him for dealing with the issues there,” he says.”I’ll go as many times as it takes,” says SSgt. Robert Coburn, Jr. This Memorial Day, they paused to honor others.”I talked to a gentleman that was in the Battle of the Bulge. He had a Purple Heart, was wounded twice,” says MSgt. Douglas Robinson. “Actually, I was thinking a lot about my relatives,” says CMSgt. Wellman. My father was active duty Air Force for 20 years.”They’re happy, they say, to serve alongside their friends and family.”Every one of us went to school here and graduated high school here. This is where we grew up,” he says.They’re also happy to have folks in the town of Milo behind them.”We have a lot of support in the community. It’s a nice thing to see,” says MSgt. Robinson. “They support them 100 percent, anything they need,” says Randy Klug, Ret. Navy and American Legion. “You know, it’s really a long time to be away from your family. But, for the most part, it’s an all-volunteer armed forces now. That’s what they do.”