Hoosier National Guard soldiers ready to deploy overseas | News
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WTHI) – In Indianapolis, several dozen soldiers had a bittersweet departure ceremony. They are ready to go abroad and serve.
Indeed, 70 Indiana National Guardsmen are deployed in the Middle East. They have their headquarters in our city of Terre Haute.
Soldiers and their loved ones filled the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. This was for the Department Ceremony for Guardsmen with the 519th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion.
It’s the sergeant. Gilmour’s first deployment. He says he is excited.
“Having the experience of being abroad, I had never been out of the country before, so it’s a new experience,” he said. “I get to experience a new culture. Also, I can grow in my military career army and that means a lot to me.”
Soldiers will provide logistics and personnel administration when traveling overseas. Specialist Palmer says it’s been difficult saying goodbye to her loved ones, but she’s grateful to have had the opportunity to serve.
“It’s been tough, for sure, but it’s just something we committed to doing,” she said. “I think we should be lucky that we can go out there and do that anyway. A lot of people in their military careers don’t get the chance to go and serve. So I think we’re lucky. chance to go and do that.”
This is Specialist Rebeles’ second deployment to the Middle East. She says she has provided support to her peers who are worried about the deployment.
“I tell everyone it goes by really fast,” she said. “You know, you make a lot of money and it goes by really fast and the weather is nice.”
It’s hard for the soldiers to leave their homes but also for their family members.
Vivian Gonzalez is the wife of Specialist Gonzalez. He leaves behind his wife and daughter.
His wife says they try to stay positive and remember why he serves in the first place.
“When he was 17, he felt called to enlist and he knew it was God telling him that was what he had to do,” she said. “It’s about serving the country but it’s also about serving God for it.”
They will be out for a total of nine months.