10:20am

Mon August 29, 2011
The Commonwealth

Departure Ceremony for KY National Guard

Hundreds of friends and family members turned out Saturday to honor a Kentucky National Guard unit preparing to deploy to Iraq. More than 300 soldiers with the 1204th Aviation Support Battalion based in northern Kentucky will provide logistical support and maintenance for the combat aviation brigade. The Iraq draw-down is expected to wrap up in December, but the yearlong deployment could have the 1204th sent to other areas.

Jessica White and her children said goodbye to Lt. Rob White.

"This is the longest that they'll be away from their daddy so far. So it's a little rough, but I'm really proud of him. I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm really proud of him."

The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 1,450 troops deployed worldwide.