155th heads to Iraq

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CAMP SHELBY, MS (WDAM) - The 155th Brigade Combat Team is days away from deploying to Iraq.

This will be the second time the unit has deployed to Iraq.

"They've trained hard," said Mississippi Adjutant General William Freeman. "They've trained to standard and when they get to Iraq they are going to do their mission and when they go in harms way we know that at the right time they are going to make the right decision."

Tuesday, family, friends and supporters gathered at Camp Shelby for the soldiers' farewell ceremony.

About 3,400 soldiers from 11 units make up the 155th. Governor Haley Barbour was on hand to show his support.

"These men and women in the guard are warriors and they serve our state and our country and we're all proud of them," said Barbour.

Brigade Command Sergeant Major Glen Davis has been on one tour of Iraq, but this tour will be different.  This time his daughter Specialist Carol Ann Davis will along side.

"It's gone be different, but I'm not worried about her, she's trained, she's ready to go," said Davis.

Freeman said the families who are left behind will be well taken care of.

"We've traveled the state of Mississippi, conducted yellow programs, family readiness, and the families are solid behind these troops," said Freeman.

The soldiers will spend 10 months in Iraq.

Governor Barbour said when they return, they'll be welcomed.

"When you return home, we will rejoice and recognize you as we do now, as heroes," said Barbour.

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