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Troops from Jennings heading to Iraq soon

By Adam Hooper - bio | email

JENNINGS, LA (KPLC) - Some brave men and women in the Louisiana Army National Guard will soon be heading out for their second tour in Iraq.

They are ready to serve their country, but before they leave, their country said thanks.

"It's our farewell for them. The soldiers need to know that their families and their community supports them," said Brigadier General Glenn Curtis.

"It's a feeling of accomplishment. You get to go to bed at night knowing that you did something that not just anybody can do," said Sgt. Jonathan Stafford.

But soon, when the soldiers go to bed at night it will be in Iraq, a country that, in the past, was considered quite hostile. Military leaders said this second tour will be far more relaxed than the time before.

"Iraq is a much calmer place. A lot of what this brigade will be doing is actually moving equipment from Iraq back into Kuwait," said Brigadier General Glenn Curtis.

Nevertheless, families will still be separated for a ten month period. This is the hardest part, according to soldiers and families of soldiers.

"It's hard to leave the family. That is the hardest part. I don't really worry about the over seas part. It is just the back home," said Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Andrews.

"It is stressful just waiting to hear something. God will take care of him and bring him back," said Johnny Stafford.

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