Over 500 West Virginia National Guard soldiers deploy to Middle East


NEW AT 11 .. EMOTIONS FILLED CHARLESTON COLLESIUM AND CONVENTION CENTER TODAY AS MORE THAN 5- HUNDRED SOLDIERS PREPARED FOR DEPLOYMENT. 13 NEWS REPORTER MACKENZIE COOK WAS THERE AND JOINS US NOW LIVE IN THE STUDIO WITH MORE. MACKENZIE? JENNIFER, THE WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD WILL HEAD TO THE MIDDLE EAST FOR A 12- MONTH DEPLOYMENT FOLLOWING THEIR FINAL TRAINING IN FORT BLISS TEXAS. 0:00-:17 :18-:27 :29-:37 :40-:51 1:05-1:19 1:21-1:26 SOT: “THERES SO MUCH GOING ON IN OUR LIVES THAT HE WONT BE HERE FOR SO ITS HARD” FAMILIES WILL HAVE TO SEPERATE FROM THEIR LOVED ONES AS THE WEST VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD MAKES THEIR WAY TO THE MIDDLE EAST. FOR SOME, THIS ISN’T THEIR FIRST RODEO. BUT FOR OTHERS… IT’S A NEW CONCEPT. SOT: “ITS HIS FIRST DEPLOYMENT THAT WE ARE TOGETHER AND IM OFFICIALLY FROM EUROPE SO I DONT HAVE ANYBODY ELSE HERE. JUST HIM AND MY SON SO IT DEFINITELY WILL BE REALLY HARD FOR ME” STAND UP: “SOLDIERS WILL FIRST HEAD TO FORT BLISS TEXAS FOR 40 TO 60 DAYS. AFTER THAT THEY WILL THEN HEAD TO KUWAIT WHERE THE GOAL IS TO PROVIDE STABILITY IN THE REGION” BUT ACCORDING TO SOLDIERS… THEY ARE READY FOR THE MISSION. SOT: “”WE JUST CAME BACK FROM THE NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER GOING THROUGH THE TOUGHEST TRAINING IN THE WORLD. SO THESE GUYS ARE READY, THEY’RE PREPARED, AND THEY’ READY TO GET THE CLOCK STARTED”. GOVERNOR JIM JUSTICE SKE AT TODAY’S EVENT TO HON SOLDIERS WHO WILL BE DEPLOYING. THIS DEPLOYMENT WILL RTHE SECDIME A TIONAL GUARD BRIGADE HAS TED INTO COMMAND FOR THIS OPERATION. SOT: “IT’S IMPORTANT FOR FAMILIES TO BE RE TO HELP US THROUGH TS OCESS AND TO HELP TH ROUGH IS PROCESS TOO BECAUSEVEN OUGH WERE GOING TO BE DEPLOYING FOR A YEAR OUR FAMILIES ARE ALSO DEPLOYING IN ESENCE BECAUSE WE ARE AWAY FROM ME DH’RE TRYING TO TAKE RE OF EVERYTHINAT THE HOUSE” SOT: “IM SURE IT WILL BE HARDER LATER ON BUI EXCITING NOW, IM CITED FORH” E OF THE COMMON PHRASES SAID TODAY’S EVENT WAS FOR SOLDIERS TO RETURN AT GOD SPEED. THIS WILL BE THE THIRD DEPLOYMENT FOR THEM SINCE SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001. REPORTING LIVE FROM THE STUDIO, MACKENZIE KOCH 13 NEWS WORKING FOR YOU. THANKS MACKENZIE. WE HOPE FOR A SAFE RETURN FOR OUR SOLDIERS. STORMTRACKER13 VIPIR REAL TIME RADAR WILL SHOW US THAT THERE ARE REALLY NO SHOWERS IN THE AREA BUT IF THERE ARE ANY IN THE REGION WE WILL ZOOM INTO THAT AREA AND SHOW YOU WHERE THE RAIN IS FALLING. WE BELIEVE THIS

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