Patricia NicolasNov 12, 2017, 9:52 pm

Families say goodbye to Suffolk Army reservists deploying to Guantanamo Bay

The troops will work as military police in Cuba

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FARMINGDALE — Long Island families are bidding farewell to more than five dozen Army reservists from the 310th Military Police Battalion who are being deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“It’s an important moment to say thank you so these families and these soldiers who are sacrificing for our nation, leaving their families right before the holidays to go to other parts of the world to defend our freedom and it’s very important we recognize that,” Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone said

The soldiers train every month and do weeks-long exercises every summer. They specialize in providing services in law and order, area security and detainee operations.

“It’s exciting for us because we are getting to use the skills we are practicing once weekend a month and we are being called upon to do our jobs,” Battalion Commander LTC., Edward T. Diamantis said.

The troops will be deploying from Farmingville.

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