160 Tennessee National Guardsmen Deployed To Afghanistan

160 Tennessee National Guardsmen Deployed To Afghanistan

CREATED Mar 16, 2014

SMYRNA, Tenn. – More than 150 Tennessee National Guardsmen have been deployed to the Middle East.

Members of the 1176th Transportation Company departed Sunday for Afghanistan. These Guardsmen are based out of Tullahoma, with some being from Memphis and Smryna.

For many of them, it is their third or fourth deployment to that particular region of the Middle East. Each guardsman was able to spend about an hour with their families before their 10 a.m. departure time.

"This is my third (deployment) and I thought it would get easier," said Captain Daniel Isley. "It's actually a little harder leaving the family."

The first stop for the group is Fort Hood, Texas, where they will undergo special training before heading to Afghanistan.

Their deployment is expected to last 13 months.