VIRGINIA BEACH - About 100 locally-based soldiers left Thursday for nine months in Kuwait.

The men and women of Detachment 19, Alpha Company, 48th Combat Support Hospital, will provide medical support to forces taking part in Operation Enduring Freedom.

The deployment ceremony for the reservists took place at 8:00 a.m. at the US Army Reserve Center on board Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story.

It was a last chance to say goodbye before the soldiers boarded buses.

The soldiers admit saying goodbye is hard, but they're excited about the job ahead.;

'It's just a privilege to be able to have the opportunity to serve people for the greater good,' said Captain Shaun Terrell, the group's chaplain.

Specialist Brittany Wallace said she's looking forward to the mission but deployment day is bittersweet. 'I've done it before for basic training and at least I've got a little experience with leaving home and leaving family, but it's definitely really hard,' said the recent ODU graduate.

As they leave, nearly two dozen soldiers were due at the post Thursday night. The soldiers of the 276th Automated Cargo Documentation Detachment, 11th Transportation Battalion, completed a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan. They provided cargo documentation and track all military cargo processed through northern Afghanistan.

The homecoming, originally set for 2:00 p.m., has been delayed. No arrival time has been determined.

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