For some soldiers, packing for deployment is a logistical nightmare because the military places certain restrictions on what can be taken. U.S. Army Spc. Damon Lawrence, 20, of Medina, of the Ohio Army National Guard, is permitted a duffel bag and two carry-ons for his flight to Texas. His rucksack and personal trunk will be shipped separately. Because he is part of a special group of 12 soldiers in his unit assigned to set up their barracks at Fort Hood, Texas, Lawrence will be without some items until the entire unitâ€™s gear is shipped. â€œA long farewell,â€ a four-part multimedia series on Lawrence and four other members of the National Guardâ€™s Golf Company, 237th Brigade Support Battalion, and their families, begins Wednesday. Thirty-three county residents will spend three months at Fort Hood before being deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. See the editorial related to these citizen-soldiers here.