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BETHLEHEM - PFC Desiree Cortes, right, of Philadelphia wipes her tears as her best friend and section mate PFC Miguel Agosto of Bethlehem, left, receives a farewell hug after the luncheon held for the 228th Forward Support Battalion (Maintenance ) at the Bethlehem Armory on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005. The soldiers from the 228th Battalion would be leaving for Miss.,for training before posting to Iraq, they would be away for about 18 months. Shepherd said that leaving the family is hard. Agosto said that he is sad that he would be able to see his mother, who lives in Florida before leaving. "It's pretty stressful," Agosto said.   (Photo by Wiqan Ang/ Special to TMC) \ TO RUN WITH STORY BY GEN MARSHALL
BETHLEHEM - PFC Desiree Cortes, right, of Philadelphia wipes her tears as her best friend and section mate PFC Miguel Agosto of Bethlehem, left, receives a farewell hug after the luncheon held for the 228th Forward Support Battalion (Maintenance ) at the Bethlehem Armory on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005. The soldiers from the 228th Battalion would be leaving for Miss.,for training before posting to Iraq, they would be away for about 18 months. Shepherd said that leaving the family is hard. Agosto...
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