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844th Engineer Company Deploys

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5)- They've assisted with hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Isaac, the Gulf Oil Spill, and they've been to Afghanistan. And now- they're headed to Kuwait. We spoke with the friends, family, and soldiers of a Louisiana National Guard company at their deployment ceremony today and this is what they had to say about their newest mission.

It was a bittersweet goodbye Sunday morning for the friends and family of some Louisiana National Guard members.

"I've got mixed emotions. I'm proud of my son. He's turned out to be a very fine man and I don't want him to go, but I'm going to be here to support him until he comes back," says Stacey Green, mother of Sgt. Joe Lindsey.

Stacey Green's son, Joe Lindsey, is one of 160 guard members from the 844th Engineer Company who are being deployed to Kuwait as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. It was standing room only in the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center as hundreds came out to wish the soldiers well at a deployment ceremony.

"It's priceless. I mean there's not even words to describe what these men sacrifice every day to go over there to protect the United States and I'm glad my son is a part of it," adds Green.

Lindsey's company, based out of Camp Beauregard in Pineville, will provide construction efforts to build and maintain base camps in Kuwait.

"We've known for a year out, so for the last three months we've really been hitting it hard training up, getting ready to go, getting used to the heat and getting used to working and things like that," says Sgt. Joe Lindsey.

This will be the soldier's first deployment.

"I'm ready to go. Make a little money, do something for my country. It sucks leaving, but you got to start to finish right?" adds Lindsey.

It will also be the first time that Lindsey's family members will have to say goodbye, as they wish their loved one and soldier a fond farewell.

"We love ya'll and be safe and we'll pray each and every day that God brings ya'll home to us safe," says Lisa Lindsey, Joe's step-mother.

The 844th Engineer Company is expected to return in June 2014.

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