Family, Friends Send Off Troops

By Ashley Doerzbacher

Published 04/05 2014 06:37PM

Updated 04/05 2014 06:52PM

JOHNSTOWN - The men and women of the National Guard 252nd Engineering Company will soon be on their way to Afghanistan.
They’re soldiers from all across Pennsylvania, and they'll be assisting with the drawdown of troops.
"It's going to be an unforgettable mission,” said Chaz Perman, who is deploying for the first time. “We're going to go over there to places where soldiers have made themselves heroes and getting it all finished and bring everyone home."
But as proud as these soldiers are to finish the job, saying goodbye to their families makes it hard to leave.
"I didn't bring my children with me; I said goodbye Wednesday at the house,” said Curtis Twigg, who is deploying for the first time. “It was just easier that way. But that was definitely tough saying bye to them. That long of a time and not seeing them, and not knowing what's going on."
These one hundred fifty National Guard soldiers are expected to be gone for an entire year. They’re taking some comfort in the fact that they will have a support system of their own.
"It's definitely going to be a trying time but I'm with a lot of good folks, brothers and sisters in my unit who are well prepared and know what they're doing," said Twigg.
There will be a parade Saturday morning for these troops.  They will officially be leaving for their mission, Sunday afternoon.

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