Soldiers Preparing For Deployment

Families for soldiers from around Eastern Kentucky gathered Saturday for a good luck rally as members of the 201st Engineer Battalion of the Kentucky National Guard prepare to leave.

Nearly 500 members of the battalion met at Boyd County Middle School for the rally all to show support for the group before they leave. The battalion will leave on Monday for a two month training session in Wisconsin. They will leave for Afghanistan in May and family members say the troops will gain huge life lessons from their tour of duty.

"It's a great adventure. I have put my feet down in eight foreign countries while I was in the service, a real experience. Something I couldn't afford to travel that way. Now, Brandon's gonna learn how to do it," said Bill Cignoni from South Point Ohio.

The battalion will keep the main supply routes in the country clear and safe and running heavy equipment.


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  • by Earwig Location: Prestonsburg on Mar 3, 2008 at 08:59 PM
    Thank you to the troops and the families that pray for their safe return.
  • by Jeb Location: KY on Mar 3, 2008 at 09:56 AM
    Godspeed! From a vet to all of you; PROUD OF YOU! Keep safe and watch out for each other.
  • by elisha Location: prestonsburg on Mar 2, 2008 at 03:53 PM
    I am so proud of our troops I waved at them as I went by. My thoughts and prayers will be with them.
  • by Lisa Location: Pikeville, Ky... on Mar 2, 2008 at 03:41 PM
    Justin Little... Our family was very proud of you and your interview with WYMT News today... We will continue to pray for you and your Platoon as you will be gone from us for a year... We promise to take care of Becca and Baby Grace... Please take care of your selves and protect yourselves from harms way.... May God Bless and Keep You All Safe....
  • by Catsfanagain on Mar 2, 2008 at 07:06 AM
    I salute each of you. Be careful in your tour of duty. Watch over each other and do not get comfortable when things are going well, always keep your guard up. I will be praying for your safe returns. Thank You for being so brave and keeping our Country safe.
  • by Elaine Location: Hazard on Mar 1, 2008 at 08:33 PM
    God Bless our Troops that is leaving on Sunday.My prayers are going to be with you until you come home.Be careful & take care while you are over there.May God be with each & everyone of you...
  • by Joyce Location: Bell Co. on Mar 1, 2008 at 07:32 PM
    My brother was in the Vietnam war so I fully understand how the families feel to see their sons/daughters be deployed. We can only pray for their safe return and for the happy day when we see an end to this conflict.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2008 at 07:30 PM
    May good be with you all. My husbend is there now so I know what it is like to have to say good bye. Also pray for the Cynthiana unit they leave tomorrow
  • by Julie Location: Nicholasville KY on Mar 1, 2008 at 03:42 PM
    My son is one of the soldiers, I'm very proud him as well as all our soldiers. Stay strong Mad Dogs!!! HOOAH!!!!
  • by Erica Location: Jackson KY on Mar 1, 2008 at 02:46 PM
    I have 2 really good friends and my boyfriend of 6 years are going in this unit and I am so proud of them. Please pray for them and their families.
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