Deploying to Afghanistan

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Members of the 133rd Engineer Battalion and 1035th Survey and Design Team of the Maine Army National Guard march to the Portland Expo from the University of Southern Maine on Saturday for their official send-off before departing for Afghanistan.

The ceremonies begin inside the Portland Expo.

Keith Tibbetts of the 133rd Engineer Battalion holds his daughter Hailey, 4.

Saturday’s ceremony attracted U.S. Rep. Michael Michaud, left, U.S. Sen. Angus King, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, Gov. Paul LePage, first lady Ann Lepage, and Portland Mayor Michael Brennan.