The 900th Component Repair Company Leaves for Active Duty

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

National guardsmen and women are saying goodbye to loved ones before joining Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

170 members of the National Guard’s 900th Component Repair Company out of Brundidge and Phenix City are being called to active duty.

They'll conduct transportation and security missions.

The unit will report to Camp Atterbury in Indiana for training before deploying to Afghanistan.

They're expected to return home to their families from active duty in a year.

The Alabama army and air National Guard has called more than 16,000 personnel to active duty since 9/11 and is one of the nation's top contributors.

News 4's Denise Bradberry was at their emotional departure ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Pike County Cattlemen’s Association.

Although it's been nearly nine years since 9-11 family members say saying goodbye doesn't get any easier.

Watch the video above to see what family members had to say.

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  • by Lori Location: West Point, GA on Aug 13, 2010 at 01:02 PM
    My brother, Barry VanHouten is part of this group leaving for Afghanistan. Two of his daughters gave interviews, Shyanne and Cierra VanHouten. I am very proud of my big brother...he is my hero!!! Barry, you will never know how much I love you and what it means to me having you serve our country!!!
  • by Shelley Location: Georgia on Aug 12, 2010 at 06:38 PM
    Proud of our soldiers and their commander! Praying for safety and that hearts will be turned to the LORD during this time! Thank you for sacrificing for our freedoms! God Bless America!
  • by jackie Location: dothan on Aug 10, 2010 at 06:07 PM
    my friends son is one of the many deploying and i know that it is very hard on him. i wish that ALL the troops could return home to be with their families, but i respect they are fighting for our country. i just pray for their safety, and peace. and i pray they ALL return home safe!!!
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