Photo credit: Meghan Murphy | ArmyNational Guard Pfc. Claudia Cardoza of the Bronx hugs a friend before deploying to Afghanistan Sunday with more than 450 soldiers of the 101st Expeditionary Signal Battalion, based in Yonkers, Orangeburg and Peekskill. A deployment ceremony took place at Stewart Air National Guard base in Newburgh. (Aug. 19, 2012)
With tears trickling down her face, Genesis Vasquez waved a small U.S. flag in farewell to her husband of one week, Sgt. Herick Vasquez, who stood with his company waiting to deploy at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh on Sunday.
The couple wed Aug. 10 at Yonkers City Courthouse knowing that they would part just nine days later. The husband boarded an aircraft at about 11 a.m. with...
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