110 soldiers from Muskogee are making final preparations to serve in the Middle East. Army reservists of the 827th Quarter Master Company were deployed as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Muskogee's Chamber of Commerce held a sendoff for the soldiers Friday. News on Six anchor Tami Marler was there.
The 827th is a support unit. They'll provide parts and other supplies for all military branches serving in the Middle East. They pulled out Friday morning. Headed to Fort Sill for medical exams, inoculations and final paperwork.
Friends and family members had a difficult time saying goodbye, though they understand and respect the commitment these soldiers have made, a commitment, that requires lots of support.
Specialist James Darnell, United States Army Reserves, "We're fortunate to be American soldiers and we're fortunate to be called to serve our country and to be able to serve and I'm proud. We're all very proud."
Rusty Cottrell, military mother, "We found out about a month ago that he would maybe go, and then just two weeks ago that he was going for sure and we're scared and we're proud."
1st Sgt Donald Reaves, US Army, "It means everything. I mean without these folks standing behind us, we'd still do the job, but knowing they're here supporting us, just makes it all the more worthwhile."
The 827th Reserves will be away from their families for 51 weeks. They have the support of their entire community.