Kentucky Soldiers Ship Out For Iraq

Hugs and tears Monday at a farewell ceremony for more than 150 National Guard members who left, preparing to spend the next year in Iraq.

The soldiers are from all across Kentucky, based out of Carlisle in Nicholas County. They're now headed to training before arriving in Iraq to provide security.

The 170 citizen soldiers of Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery said goodbye to family and friends Monday.

The unit's Commander, Captain Robert Mattingly, says his unit has been preparing for deployment for a long time, but of course the one thing he can't prepare families for is the inevitable separation anxiety.

"It's bound to be there, but it's what we do. Everybody knows the mission of the Army is to fight and win wars so we fight where we're told and win where we fight," he said.

This departure comes on the heels of 14 more U.S. Soldiers being killed in Iraq in the last three days.

The unit's next stop will be Camp Shelby, Mississippi where they'll undergo more training before assuming convoy security duties in Iraq.

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  • by Genevieve Swango Location: Jackson Ky on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:58 AM
    I married a wonderful man on May22,2007.He is from Stanton,and is a member of this unit traveling to Iraq. He married me in his uniform, he said the picture would be a constant reminder of life being married to a soldier.As my life begins with him, I have put him in God's Hands, please pray for our troops to come home safe. I can not tell you how scared I am of losing him. I treasure each call with him and hope the support group will be able to raise the money to bring them home before they go to Iraq.Support our troops& families not just on special sendoff days but everyday.Share as much news coverage that you can and keep them in the spotlight, they are all hereos.They volunteered and are willing to fight for each of us.I met some very brave loyal inviduals in the past few days, not just the soliders but the ones that are staying HERE!
  • by Nancy Location: Bardstown, KY on Jun 11, 2007 at 02:17 PM
    My oldest son left with the Calisle Unit. My prayers go out to all the families with military that are stationed away from home. All parents, siblings, cousins, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, etc. Please feel free to email me if you need someone to talk to. I know I need someone to help me get through this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers each and every day, along with our unit and all units on active duty. Nancy Riley
  • by Sally Location: Bardstown,Ky on Jun 7, 2007 at 06:42 AM
    Thank you for your coverage of the Carlisle National Guard Deployment. You don't realize how much families appreciate the positive coverage given to a very difficult situation. It is of great comfort when they can see vidio of thier loved ones over and over after they are gone. It helps with the anxiety more than you can know. I hope that from time to time you will do follow up stories on our soldiers and give all these families some positve feedback on them even if it isn't "Breaking News" You might even be surprised to know how many people all around the United States see your coverage via e-mail sent to extended families. I hope you will put more focus on the positive sides of this story, that is the important job and good job these soldiers do and just updates on them once and awhile. Thank you again for your news coverage. Sally Mattingly
  • by sheila Location: lexington on Jun 6, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    My son left with our hearts, and his 3 children, i do not support war,but i will always support our military.I am still so unsure of why National Guard are going overseas.My prayers for all ,from our lips to Gods ear
  • by Rosemarie Location: Bonnieville Kentucky on Jun 6, 2007 at 10:31 AM
    I said good bye to 2 of my sons on this mission. I am terrified but so proud of them. I will pray for all our young sons in Iraq, and around the world.
  • by Rebecca Location: Chesapeake on Jun 6, 2007 at 08:11 AM
    My husband left this week with the Carlisle unit and I just want to tell the other families to keep praying our boys will come home safe. My husband and I have 2 small boys so I know it's especially hard on the families with children and the ones expecting. Maybe if we get a democrat back in office he will bring our men home instead of sending more so our oil happy texas pres can get his hands on that Iraqi oil.
  • by Trisha Location: Carlisle on Jun 5, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    This war may not be the situation we want to be in, but I SUPPORT these guys and will keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Thank You for defending the rights of this great country and may GOD be with you.
  • by chrissy Location: flemingsburg on Jun 5, 2007 at 09:54 AM
  • by Shane Location: Frankfort on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:51 AM
    One of my good friends is in this unit and needless to say, there were a lot of tears flowing yesterday from those who love him. May God watch over them and bring them back to KY safely after serving their country in Iraq.
  • by Corinne Hurst Location: Kentucky on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:11 AM
    My husband left this weekend, and I have to go through having a baby alone, and her not getting to see her Daddy for a year, but there is something that needs to be said about the families that support their troops. A soldier is only as good as his support team at home. I just want to say to all the families... keep your head up.
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