More than 60 Kentucky National Guardsmen will soon be heading to southern Afghanistan. Today a farewell ceremony was held in Midway.
"(Our goal is to...) provide a promise of peace in a region that in fact has seen nothing but war for 100 years," said Maj. Gen. Edward Tonini.
Today the group that will support Operation Enduring Freedom, was honored at a farewell ceremony held at the Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church. The KYADT4 has volunteered to spend ten months helping Afghan farmers learn to feed the country on their own.
For 1st Lt. Nick Newton, leaving his 1-year-old son, Gavin, behind on his first deployment is tough.
"It stinks a little bit that I'm leaving him this young but I'd rather do it now than when he's five," said Newton.
The Elliott family has gone through two deployments already," It's very hard, the first time we went she was in preschool, I was pregnant with him the second time was he was in kindergarten both times to Iraq so Afghanistan this is a new trip for us," said wife and mother, Ashley Elliott.
The group will train at Camp Atterbury, Ind., for several weeks before deploying to Afghanistan.