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Ed and Nancy Pindel embrace after watching their son, Staff Sgt. Richard Pindel, leave in a helicopter following the  Oklahoma Aviation Command mobilization ceremony  for Detachment 1, Company C, 2-149th General Support Aviation Battalion at the Army Aviation Support Facility in Lexington, Okla., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. The soldiers will receive additional training at Fort Hood before being deployed to Afghanistan. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman