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Families attend patriotic send-off for troops headed to Kuwait

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More than 100 soldiers from the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard were treated to a patriotic send-off Saturday morning.

Brigade Commander Rick Adams says a big part of the ceremony is the time-honored tradition of casing the colors.

"When you depart, you take the colors, roll them up, put them into a case, take them with you to your destination, you unroll them on the other end, thus signifying that you're there on station," Adams said.

Those colors and the troops will end up in Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

But first the troops will head to Fort Hood for a couple of months of training.

Most of the group has been deployed before but for some it's their first time away...something they've trained a great deal for.

"A lot...a lot...some of it was hard, some of it was easy but it's a lot. I think we're well prepared for this mission,' said Specialist Goldsberry.

For Scott Nicholas, this is deployment number three. He's been to Bosnia and Iraq.

"I feel proud to be with these guys and gals. For some of these people, it's my third deployment with them. And so I have no doubt that when we go over there we're going to be able to accomplish whatever mission we're given," Nicholas said.

Most of these troops call Central Texas their home. Andy Cordero is from Austin

We asked him how his family felt about him leaving.

"My family, they're feeling proud that I'm serving our country and they're just proud that I'm taking care of the army and the soldiers," Cordero said.

Cordero's daughter Monica Mastin was too young to remember her dad's last deployment. She says seeing him go to Kuwait is a little scary but she's very proud of her dad.

"I'm really happy to see that they would put together something like this for the families that are going to see their members go away for awhile. So the fact that they're actually gonna sit here and honor it and let everyone see everyone that's going through this, it's really nice and I'm actually happy about that," she said.

Once they get to Kuwait in a couple of months, we're told they will be there until the holiday season of next year providing Apache and Blackhawk helicopter support.

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