Guard deployment

Susan Hitchcock of Mason hugs and kisses her son Staff Sgt. John Hitchcock before he boards one of two buses carrying Ashland Guard troops headed to a year-long deployment in the Middle East. Sgt. Hitchcock is one of three of Susan’s sons serving in the Ashland unit.

The departure of the Ashland National Guard unit on what could be a year-long deployment to the Middle East was a poignant time for the family members of the citizen-soldiers, but perhaps none more so than for Susan Hitchcock of Mason.

She is sending not one son, but three, into harm’s way.

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