National Guard company headquartered in Hickory deploys to Middle east


FAMILY MEMBERS, LOVED ONES ACROSS THE FOOTHILL INS THE MOUNTAINS GATHERED IN CONOVER TO SHOW SUPPORT FOR THE SOLDIERS. THE NATIONAL GUARD COMPANY OUT OF HICKORY HAS BEEN MOBILIZED HEADED TO THE MIDDLE EAST. DAVE FAHERTY WAS WITH THE SOLDIERS AND THEIR FAMILY THIS AFTERNOON AS THEY WERE HONORED BEFORE DEPLOYMENT. Reporter: WELL, THEY HELD A CEREMONY AT ONE OF THE BIGGEST CHURCHES IN THE AREA. TRICITY BAPTIST. IN CONOVER. THE PARKING LOT WAS NEARLY FULL AN HOUR BEFORE THE CEREMONY STARTED. Reporter: 626 FORT MAINTENANCE COMPANY WERE GREETED WITH APPLAUSE. MANY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN ARE BEING DEPLOYED FOR THE FIRST TIME. AT FIRST I WAS A LITTLE NERVOUS BUT EXCITED AT THE SAME TIME. IT’S MY FIRST DEPLOYMENT. I’LL BE MORE OF A LYNCH TURNER BECAUSE I’M A MECHANIC. I’LL BE FIXING THE VEHICLES THERE. Reporter: THE 626 WILL PROVIDE MAINTENANCE SUPPORT FOR UP TO THREE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAMS IN THE MIDDLE EAST. MANY ARE LEAVING BEHIND LOVED ONES TO SERVE THE COUNTRY IN OPERATION SPARTAN SHIELD. SOLDIERS LIKE THIS ONE WHOSE MOTHER ALSO SERVED IN OPERATION DESERT SHIELD. I TOLD HIM TO PAY ATTENTION. WATCH CLOSELY. JUST ENJOY WHAT YOU CAN. BUT, YOU HAVE TO ALWAYS PAY ATTENTION AND BE CAREFUL. AND I LOVE HIM. Reporter: THE 626 HAS BEEN CALLED UPON FOR BOTH HURRICANE FLORENCE AND DORIAN. THIS AFTERNOON, THE SOLDIERS TURNED TOWARD THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS TO APPLAUD THEM FOR THEIR SUPPORT AND SACRIFICE WHILE THEY ARE GONE. ALL OF OUR SOLDIERS ARE OUR FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE. Reporter: THEY WILL NOT BE DEPLOYED TODAY, BUT VERY SOON HEADED TO A TRAINING CENTER SOMEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES BEFORE BEING DEPLOYED OVERSEAS. WE THANK THE SOLDIERS FOR THEIR SERVICE AN THANK THEIR

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