PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) – It was a busy weekend for the Louisiana National Guard, as many different units packed up and headed overseas. One of those groups leaving out of Pineville said goodbye to their friends and families Sunday morning.
The 248th Aviation Support Battalion is headed to Kuwait for a year to provide maintenance support of the U.S. Central Command.
This unit has been activated multiple times in the past, but for many of the 27 soldiers leaving it’s their first time to be deployed overseas.
Captain Brandon Jones said it’s tough to leave his family, but it’s worth it to serve his country.
“Well we’ve been training for this for the past several months, you know,” said Captain Jones. “Getting ready for this very moment. And the day is finally here, so I believe all the soldiers from the 248th, they’re ready to go. Everybody here loves doing their job. Supporting the United States. Just proud to do it, ready to go over there get it done, and come back in about a year.”
The guest speakers included multiple leaders in the Louisiana National Guard, and Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy.