The families of 80 soldiers are hoping for the best after saying a hard goodbye this morning in London.
Anthony Liford of Barbourville is young. He's got most of his life ahead of him. But the next nine months or so of it will be spent in a place he and most of these soldiers have never seen before. A place that's at the center of much of the world's attention.
"I can't wait," says Liford. "Looking forward to it."
So while Tony's gone to Iraq...his father will be In Hazard recruiting others for similar missions. It's a bittersweet moment.
"Trying to help mom deal with the stress that goes along with it." says Tony's father, Tony Liford, Sr. "It's a stressful time. But it's a job we all should do."
"Basically got a sense of pride for defending my country. Freedom my children and family enjoy." says Liford.
Wives and children are being left behind. For them....technology will help keep them connected with web cams, email and even care packages.
Their families still worry. But Kentucky's adjutant general says they're the best trained soldiers in the nation.