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278th Send Off

Norman and Margie Smith with Dixie Iron Riders get ready to ride in the parade with departing members of the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Photo by Rachel Stafford

Norman and Margie Smith with Dixie Iron Riders get ready to ride in the parade with departing members of the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

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  • Firetrucks hoist an American flag over the entrance to the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Maryville as the soldiers prepare to depart for Camp Shelby in Mississippi.
  • Maryville Fire Department firefighters on hand to wish the departing 278th members well are, from left, Keith Fuller, Clint Russell, Blaine Howell, Amy Campbell, Mark Hasting and Steven Davis.
  • Jason Snyder shows his support for the 278th members as he waves an American flag along the parade route West Lamar Alexander Parkway.
  • Taking time to wave American flags and encourage the departing 278th personnel are, from left, Hugh Potter, Barbara Bortle, Joyce Potter and Collin Bortle.
  • Members of the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment stand in formation before leaving for Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg, Miss.
  • Blount County Mayor Jerry Cunningham addresses the members of the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment before they left to train at Camp Shelby, Miss.
  • Members of the motorcycle patrol of Maryville Police Department on hand to show their support are, from left, Allen Latham, Bob Berkley, Mike Braden, Darin Carver and Gary Caughron.
  • Capt. Wes Wingo shares his thoughts with members of the 278th and their families before they depart for Camp Shelby to train for deployment to Iraq.
  • Jim Lyons with the Dixie Iron Riders is all smiles before the parade begins from the National Guard Armory.
  • Norman and Margie Smith with Dixie Iron Riders get ready to ride in the parade with departing members of the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
  • Boy Scout leaders showing their support for the Howitzer Battery, 1st Squadron of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment departing for Mississippi are, from left, Myron Tipton, Terry Wagner and Curtis Cagle.
  • Departing Guardsman Derick Shirley, second from right, gets a hug and encouragement from loved ones, including from left, Thomas Bushor, wife Krista Shirley and Justin Koahler.

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