DeQuincy troops depart for Iraq

By Jason Belk - bio | email

DEQUINCY, LA (KPLC) - Even though the temperature was low, the morale of the troops of National Guard 199th Fox Trot Company was high, as they left early this morning for Iraq.

Friends and family gathered at DeQuincy High School to send them off, and many of the soldiers couldn't help but to be filled with emotion.

"I think it's pretty much mixed emotion. We've waited for this day for so long and it's finally here, so we're pretty much anxious to get the training and back home safe," said Captain John Carmouche.

Today marks the beginning of Carmouche's first tour in Iraq.  He feels that some soldiers are more excited about the tour than others.

"It's about a mixed crowd. I'd say…yeah…some are a little bit more excited than others," said Carmouche.

While the soldiers are sure to miss the loved ones that are leaving behind, they are ready to accomplish their mission at hand and return home safely.

"I think the soldiers morale is pretty high and I think the soldiers are ready to go," the Captain said.

While in Iraq, the troop's mission is to provide escorts and force protection.

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