CARBONDALE, Ill. (KFVS) - The community was welcomed to attend a send-off ceremony for the soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, Illinois Army National Guard.
The unit deployed on Jan. 22 in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, according to a spokesperson with the National Guard.
Units are located in Marion, West Frankfort, Mt. Vernon, Litchfield and Effingham, Illinois
They arrived at the airport at 6 p.m. and left hours later.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Gregory settle the soldiers will have to train for a period to be focused on their mission.
Following their training, they will leave for Afghanistan.
The send-off was held one day prior at the Banterra Center on Arena Drive on Tuesday, January 21.
Illinois Governor JB Pritzker was in attendance and gave opening remarks at the ceremony.