Local Troops Deploy To Nation's Capital
POSTED: 12:20 pm EDT August 22, 2007
UPDATED: 11:54 am EDT August 24, 2007
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Members of the 1st Battalion 265 Air Defense Artillery have mobilized and are on a plane headed first to Ft. Bliss, then for federal active duty in the capital region.
The troops will be deployed for a year.
"It's going to be all right It's OK if he helps people and everything, and it's his job. He’s got to do it. He just got to do it," Jessica Ward said, whose father is being deployed.
Jessica speaks for many when she talks about her father's deployment.
Michael Ward and company are leaving for a year, and that weighs heavy on families.
The 265th is part of Operation Noble Eagle.
They are ordered by the president to the nation's capital, where they will operate high-tech weapons systems against any potential air threat. Read more here.
Editor's Note: "The eagle has landed...NOT!" Hat Tip to "David Christopher" for sharing this!