Tina Watson wiped away a tear as her 2-year-old daughter, Dallas, stood nearby, fresh off an impromptu dance on Brooks Field as the 113th Army Band launched into the Army song.
Her husband, Pfc. Keith Watson, stood in a line of soldiers Tuesday morning, hoisting a flag against the brilliant blue sky, fluttering in the breeze.
“We’re just ready for him to go and come back,” she said. “He’s excited. It’s his first experience.”