BOONEVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) --- Over a hundred people came together at the Prentiss County Agri-Center to honor one troop before their deployment.
Once inside, attendees were handed an American flag and little toy soldiers, each carrying the name of one of those unit members of Bravo Troop 198th Calvary deployed.
"It was a wonderful gesture by the community here. Just the support they show comforts us going forward knowing our families will be taking care of here at home," Captain Ashley Brown with the National Guard said.
Family members and friends are preparing for the unknown, planning to stick together to fill that void.
"I pour my soul into that to keep my time occupied. It's going to be devastating for my children.," Karrie Hambly said.
And the soldiers on this mission plan to stick to each other, until it's time to come back home.
"We are brothers in arms before we get there. But once we get there, we bond even tighter," Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Hamby said.
The troop is expected to come back May 2019.