Deployment ceremony held for troops leaving Owensboro

Deployment ceremony held for troops leaving Owensboro
Updated: Jul. 25, 2019 at 1:11 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - This week, more than 150 Kentucky soldiers will leave from Owensboro to the Middle East.

The National Guard says the 206th Engineer Battalion will be stationed at the US Central Command in Quatar.

On Thursday, there was a special deployment ceremony at the Owensboro Convention Center.

"I was ready for it, I’ve been ready for it,” said Army SPC Jonathan Knight.. “So sitting through there today, you’re sitting there a long enough you start to think man, it’s really happening. Everybody’s here to support us and it’s about to actually happen.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity that we get to do this and be able to do this for the Army itself," Army SPC Gregory Weston said. "Just glad and looking forward to work and do my job for them.”

Friends, family and loved ones packed the Owensboro convention center. For these guardsmen and women, that support means everything.

“It means a lot that she’s by my side, supporting me through it," SPC Knight said. "Even though it’s a hard thing to go through, I know it would be hard on families. But I’m just real appreciative. Glad she loves me enough to support me through it.”

And for loved ones it’s a difficult goodbye

“We support you and love you and we’ll just be waiting," Blythe Weston, SPC Westen’s wife said.

They are already looking forward to the homecoming.

“Super proud of him," Blythe Westen said. "The kids and I, we look forward to him getting home.”

But as they prepare for this assignment, they hold onto their loved ones just a little bit tighter.

“Just spend time with family," SPC Knight said. "Tell them how much I appreciate them. Hold them close.”

On Friday you are invited to a patriotic sendoff. Troops will leave at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

They will travel from Carter to Parrish to Airport Road.

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