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Deploying to Afghanistan

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Deploying to Afghanistan

Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

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.

Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

The ceremonies begin inside the Portland Expo.

Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

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

Photo: Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

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.