Friends and family didn’t say ‘goodbye’ but instead ‘see you later’ to soldiers of the Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 147th Aviation.
This National Guard Unit will soon be heading to the Middle East.
It will first stop in Fort Hood, Texas to prepare before making its way to Kuwait.
During the deployment, 50 National Guardsmen and women will fly Blackhawk helicopters in air support missions for U.S. Military operations throughout the region.
Although it’s not the first time many of these soldiers have gone to fight for our country, they said it doesn’t get any easier to leave their families.
“You can’t explain to your kids that you’re getting ready to go away because they don’t grasp what ten months is, I mean you can say you’re going away for a night or tell them bye, kiss them bye but they don't understand so that's the hands down most difficult part of it,” said Sgt. David Martin.
The deployment is expected to last about ten months.
Soldiers leave for Fort Hood on Friday.