Soldiers say goodbye to families before Afghanistan deployment - Article Photos 12/16

Spc. Cory Pettigrew kisses his wife Lisa goodbye after a deployment ceremony for the 149th General Support Aviation Battalion (GSAB), as they prepare for deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom on Thursday, April 25, 2013 in Lexington, Okla. Daughter Katie, 15, and son Matthew, 14 watch. The Pettigrews are from Shawnee. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman