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.