Ceremony Held For Local Soldiers Departing For Qatar

Ceremony Held For Local Soldiers Departing For Qatar

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WRIGHTSTOWN, N.J. - A departure ceremony for the 1-114th Infantry Battalion was held at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Hundreds of Citizen-Soldiers from Woodbury, Freehold and Mount Holly will start an Operation Enduring Freedom deployment on Thursday.

This is believed to be the second largest deployment of New Jersey fighting men and women since World War II.

Today, they left their loved ones to do a dangerous job.

As New Jersey National Guardsmen they volunteered for this service, but it doesn’t make it any easier on their family.

Everyone had their own story. It was a swirl of emotion, mixed with fear and overwhelming pride.

When the ceremonies wrapped up there were more handshakes, hugs and tears, but the fighting men and women realized they could not do it without their support system back home.

The soldiers will first head to Fort Bliss, Texas, for a final month of training and preparation, and then they will head to Qatar for command, control, security and checkpoint duties.




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