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Indiana National Guard troops say goodbye to family, friends

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Indiana National Guard troops say goodbye to family, friends

Story by Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lowry, Indiana National Guard Public Affairs

INDIANAPOLIS – Approximately 50 Indiana National Guard soldiers with the 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion’s Company F bid farewell to family and friends at a departure ceremony, Wednesday at Johnson County Armory in Franklin, Ind.

The soldiers are headed to Fort Hood, Texas, for mobilization training before heading to Kuwait where they will provide air traffic control during a nine-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"Sending soldiers onto a mobilization is serious business, and we do this with the most seriousness," said Maj. Gen. Lonnie Culver, the 38th Infantry Division commanding general. "We will not send a soldier who is not prepared. It's that simple."

A Company F soldier, air traffic controller, who's been in the National Guard for three years, agreed. 

"I'm ready to get there, get the job done and then get back home," said Sgt. Tiffany Rand, Indianapolis. "It'll be a great experience."

The soldiers will be commanded by Capt. Mike Ernest, and his senior enlisted advisor is 1st Sgt. John Antle.

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