Family and friends of 100 Michigan Army National Guard members have given them a warm ceremonial send-off as they prepare for deployment to Kuwait.
The event took place Monday at the Grand Ledge Army Aviation Support Facility. The soldiers are part of the D and E Companies, 2nd Battalion, 238th General Support Aviation Battalion.
Most will be serving in Kuwait by January after undergoing training at Fort Hood, Texas.
Forty-year-old Geoff Horvath tells the Lansing State Journal that this deployment is his fourth and he says it gets harder each time he has to say goodbye to his children. The deployment is expected to be less than one year.
The base in Kuwait acts as a staging area to move personnel, supplies and equipment around the Persian Gulf area.