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DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) Roughly 130 members of an Iowa Army Reserve unit are being deployed to Cuba to help guard prisoners at Guantanamo Bay's prison for about a year.
The Quad-City Times reports family members gathered Saturday to say goodbye to the soldiers of the 339th Military Police Company. The unit left Sunday for a month of training in Texas before going to Cuba.
This will be the unit's second time serving in Cuba. The Davenport-based unit has also deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past.
Scott Carter says it will be difficult being apart from his wife and 12-year-old son. Carter is an Aurora, Ill., police officer.
Pfc. Daniel Moore of Freeport, Ill., will be away from his wife and 8-month-old daughter.