Send-off ceremony held for Chippewa Falls unit heading to Afghanistan

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)-- Friends and family of some 160 Wisconsin National Guard members said goodbye Thursday as the troops prepare for deployment in Afghanistan.

The members of the 829th Engineer Company had a send-off ceremony in Chippewa Falls. Last week a send-off ceremony was also held at Fort McCoy.

From Wisconsin, the unit heads to Texas for training before heading to Afghanistan. This will be the company's third deployment. They served in Iraq in 2003 and 2009.

"We found out about this well over a year ago, so I'm anxious to get over there so we can get home," said R.W. Lemmons, a member of the troop.

The troops are expected to return home in the Spring of 2015.

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