Missouri National Guard Heads to Afghanistan
JEFFERSON CITY - Families said good-bye to Missouri National Guard soldiers Tuesday morning at the Ike Skelton Training site. The Agribusiness Development Team V left for Camp Atterbury, Indiana to finish training before it heads to Nangarhar Province in Afghanistan. The unit will work with locals on projects like food storage, meat processing and irrigation. It will replace the ADT IV unit.
Governor Nixon spoke at the event and thanked the soldiers for their selflessness and service.
"Everyone of these fine Missourians is going to trouble, not staying away from it, stepping up when we need them to make a sacrifice," Nixon said.
Nixon stressed safety especially after Osama bin Laden's death announced Sunday night. Security Force Leader Lt. John Wade is one of the deployed soldiers that will serve as a watch-dog on the mission.
"My job with the security force to protect them with my team of three soldiers," Wade said. "I'm looking forward to keeping everybody safe and hopefully we won't have any incidents and make sure everyone gets back home."
Wade said he was relieved by the news of bin Laden's death, but is aware of safety concerns.
"Hopefully it won't change our mission, hopefully there won't be any back lash from the Taliban, but we are ready for anything," Wade said.
The unit will serve for 11 months before returning back home.
"We've got a great group of soldiers and airmen and I'm proud to work with them," Wade said.