WHITE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - Transporting supplies back to the U.S. is the next step as the military pulls out of Afghanistan.
130 members of the Indiana National Guard deployed Tuesday from Tri-County High School, will help in this process.
Members of the 1638th Transportation Company prepared to head to Camp Phoenix Afghanistan Tuesday for a year-long tour.
"We're trying to close down about a hundred bases," said Major General Lonnie Culver. "So as we're closing it down, we've got to move the equipment out, or back, to the United States."
It's a job that requires lots of time on the road, which can be very dangerous.
"I actually served at Camp Phoenix. It's pretty secure. I feel comfortable these soldiers are trained, they know what they're doing. They'll be fine."
Probably the scariest part of being deployed is not for the soldiers, but their families at home. Angela Nelson is a sister of one of the local soldiers being deployed.
"We're like best friends. We share everything," said Nelson. "I'm nervous, I'm scared, but, I know she's very strong and she knows what she's doing and she's very good at her job. She'll do well out there."
For Specialist TaRonda Ferguson, leaving her child at home is tough, but she's glad she can leave when her daughter is old enough to understand.
"I've raised my daughter to be a strong individual herself," said Ferguson. "She understands now because she's a little older and this is my first time going. She's 8 years old. It's a lot better for the both of us that she understands.
As these heroes prepare to leave, other heroes stay behind.
"To me, these are our real heroes, the families that stay at home and do such a great job," said Culver. "Both taking care of the family here and supporting their soldiers overseas."
The 1638th heads to Fort Hood, Texas to complete training before heading to Afghanistan.
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