Mortuary affairs unit from Virginia's Fort Lee set to deploy to Afghanistan, Kuwait

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PETERSBURG, Virginia — Soldiers based at Fort Lee in Petersburg are gearing up for deployment to the Middle East.

Officials say the soldiers from the Army's 54th Quartermaster Company are set to deploy to Afghanistan and Kuwait for six months later this week.

Family and friends are scheduled to hold a send-off ceremony for the more than 40 soldiers on Wednesday afternoon.

The 54th Quartermaster Company is one of the Army's only two active duty mortuary affairs units.

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