A group of brave men and women leave loved ones behind as they head out to Afghanistan.
A roller coaster of emotions swept through the crowd at Cynthiana Christian Church Sunday, as soldiers prepare to leave Monday morning.
21-year-old soldier Joe Toro says he's ready for the challenges that lie ahead and was overwhelmed by the support of the community.
The battalion's primary mission will include making sure main supply routes remain open.
Soldiers from the 201st Engineer Battalion received a special "Good Luck" rally Saturday in Ashland. That was followed Sunday by a service dedicated to them at Cynthiana Christian Church.
The unit is expected to be in Afghanistan for a year.