by Diane Tuazon
HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - It's the day for goodbyes for Sgt. De La Fuente, and two other Hobbs Police officers who serve in the military as they are being deployed to Afghanistan next week.
"It's extremely tough. This is my second deployment, and the first one overseas," Jeffrey Walker, said.
"I'm starting to get butterflies. Starting to realize that the time is coming and it's time to get going," Sgt. De La Fuente.
For Sgt. Walker, being deployed out of the country is something he's familiar with.
"I joined 19 years ago to support my country and serve. That's what I've done for 19 years now," Walker said.
Others like Sgt. Eubank say he's not so sure what the experience will be like once he sets foot in Afghanistan, but that he is certain that his skills as a police officer will get him through.
"Dealing with American citizens is different then dealing with foreign nationals. I don't really know what to expect when I get there, but I think this has prepared me," Sgt. Nathan Eubank, said.
No matter what their experiences are on the battle field, the three police officers have more in common than just their jobs. They're all finding it difficult to be away from home.
"I worry about my family, how they're going to be when we're gone, but other than that I just want to get it done," Sgt. Eubank said.
"I'm going to miss out on watching the kids and their daily life. The summer time with them. My son is 12 years old, I'm going to miss him play sports," Sgt. De La Fuente, said.
Seeing the community come together for support and to bid them farewell makes saying goodbye to ones they leave behind a little more easier.