Alabama Army National Guard 186th Engineer Company Dothan-based unit deploys

DOTHAN, Ala.--Dothan National Guard's 186th Engineer Company deployment was certainly emotional for soldiers and their family and friends on Monday.

Whether it's the first deployment or fifth, leaving never gets easier for the guardsmen and their loved ones.

The Dothan-based unit is being called to active duty and will deploy 160 soldiers to Kuwait.

The Houston County Sheriff's office escorted the unit from the National Guard armory to the Dothan Regional Airport Monday morning.

The unit specializes in constructing roads, airfields, and building foundations.

Once they undergo additional training, the unit will work to improve current installations in the U.S. Central Command's area, which was organized to oversee anti-terrorism operations after the September 11 terror attacks.

The unit's stateside mission consists of responding to natural disasters such as tornadoes, hurricanes and floods.

Daughters, sons, mothers, fathers,wives and all who attended shed many tears as they watched their brave soldiers depart.

Though they will be greatly missed, their service is appreciated by their loved ones and the community.

The unit will spend another month stateside training before heading overseas.

The deployment is expected to last 18 months.

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