Jackson Says Goodbye to Soldiers Headed for Afghanistan
151 Army National Guard Members were honored Friday before leaving for a year. Video by fox47news.comvideo
This is Sergeant Heather Eads' first deployment to Afghanistan: "It just goes back to everything that's happened to the country, and I just felt like it was what I needed to do."
Even though she served in Iraq a few years ago, her nieces are just as worried as they were last time: "When I get scared, I just remind myself that she's doing this for a good reason," said 10-year-old Kinsey.
This also won't be the first tour of duty for most of the other members of the 1461st Transportation Company, now heading for some extra training in Texas for a few months, before flying overseas for at least nine more.
"We've got a lot of experience going. We're well trained, ready to get down to Fort Hood to continue with that training, and keep building our team," said Commander Melody Taylor.
She's grateful, this time around, the soldiers were given the stage at Parkside Middle School to be honored: "The Jackson community has always been extremely supportive every time this unity has been called."
Leaving Eads with memories of her city while she is away again: "I'm just excited to do the mission and eventually come home," said Eads; teaching her nieces to be proud.