Two hundred Lubbock troops from the 142nd Infantry Regiment are now in Fort Hood training to fight in Iraq. "We're just hoping he'll be careful out there...God will take care of him," said Dominic Zuniga in regards to his brother's deployment.
Friday morning, family and friends gathered to give the soldiers a final farewell at the Murphy Guard and Reserve Center. Five hundred other Guardsmen will join them to train at Fort Hood over the next three months. Then they will go to Iraq.
"We're proud of him and yet we're heartbroken at the same time. Hoping and praying that he and all the others will be able to come back. I know they'll be back around December, but that may be the last time we get to see them for 18 months," said Leo Vaughn, the father of a deployed soldier.
This is the first time since World War II that a Texas National Guard Infantry has been deployed to a combat zone.