RICHMOND, KY (WAVE) - Friends and family gathered Saturday in Richmond to say farewell to members of the Kentucky National Guard about to deploy to the Middle East.
The 149th Military Engagement Team will work to promote cooperation with other nations and militaries.
First they'll head to Fort Hood in Texas to finish their training. After training and a 10-month deployment the guardsmen are expected to come home next September.
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Commanders say for some the biggest sacrifice is just being away from home.
"There are different parts of life...whether it's a high school graduation, a college graduation, a birthday, an anniversary...they're going to miss something," said Lt. Col. Joseph Gardner of the Kentucky National Guard.