National Guard sends soldiers to duty

More than 250 members of the Indiana National Guard received a big send-off Tuesday. Governor Eric Holcomb and Senator Todd Young, among others, attended the event to wish the soldiers best in Kuwait.

Posted: Jan. 3, 2018 11:38 AM
Updated: Jan. 3, 2018 11:41 AM

KOKOMO, Ind. (WLFI) — The 38th Sustainment Brigade of the Indiana National Guard welcomed family and friends to the Kokomo Event Center Tuesday. Governor Eric Holcomb was among others who attended the event to wish the soldiers their best in Kuwait. 

Command Major Brenda Simmons has been to many events like these with her husband James, who also serves in the National Guard. She says this event shows the support each soldier has behind them. 

"I think it's a great send-off for our soldiers to let them know that they have a whole plethora of people behind them, supporting them."

Warrant Officer James Gibson reflected the feelings that the soldiers should have going into their deployment. 

"It's not just soldiers, it's about the soldiers and their families," said Gibson. He added an analogy to describe the hard work put in prior to the ceremony. "You don't get put on the football team as a quarterback and never have trained for that. You're ready for it by the time it happens."

Members of the 38th Sustainment Brigade will first head to Fort Hood in Texas before many of them are deployed to the Middle East.

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