Loved ones said a sad goodbye to 150 Montana Soldiers on Saturday, sending them on their way to a 9 week training in Texas followed by an overseas deployment to Kuwait. In total they expect to be gone around a year participating in “Operation Spartan Shield.”

“I’m proud to be here with you to honor you, but I’m also saddened by this departure,” said Quinn, the guard’s adjutant general. “Today we say goodbye to the 1-189th but welcome closer into our Montana National Guard network the families of the soldiers leaving today.

Our thoughts and prayers will stay with the soldiers and their families during this time.  If you'd like to leave a message for them, comment on this post.