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Fort Stewart Soldiers Prepare for Kuwait Deployment

President George W. Bush calls for action against Iraq as Fort Stewart troops depart to the Middle East. They're leaving for a six-month training mission in Kuwait that could turn to war at a moment's notice.

Captain David Hibner held his son Matthew for one of the last times for six months. He's one of four to five thousand Fort Stewart soldiers heading for Kuwait.

"It's hard," he said. "I can't say it's easy. But it's what we do."

Since the Gulf War, troops have deployed to train in the Middle East to deter Iraq from any aggression. Third Division wished its troops well on the day President Bush made his case before the United Nations to take action against Saddam Hussein.

"To assume this regime's good faith is to bet the lives of millions and the peace of the world in a reckless gamble, and this is a risk we must not take," the President told the UN today.

The threat of immediate action means the Second Brigade troops could face war instead of training.

As the soldiers prepare to say goodbye, Colonel Perkins said their sacrifice would keep millions alive and American cities unscathed. The Second Brigade will take the place of Fort Stewart's Third Brigade, which has been in Kuwait since March. They'll begin deploying next week.

Reported by: Dal Cannady

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