NC National Guard soldiers hold ceremony before yearlong deployment to Iraq, Kuwait

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Soldiers of the North Carolina National Guard’s 258th Engineer Utilities Detachment held a ceremony Friday morning before deploying for southwest Asia.

The ceremony was held at the North Carolina National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters, which is located in Raleigh.

Before they departed, friends and family got to say their goodbyes.

“The main thing as a family member is to stay busy and focus on the positive, not the negative,” said Kimberly Guffey, whose husband is deploying.

Sgt. Marcus Meeks said the stress has a bigger impact on families than on the soldiers.

“A lot of the time the stress is more so on the family, not the soldier, because the family members are still here having to continue on with life while we’re doing our job overseas,” he said.

The unit will deploy for approximately one year in support of Operation Spartan Shield. The 258th’s mission will be to provide facilities engineering support in the areas of carpentry, masonry, electrical, plumbing, road maintenance and repair in Iraq and Kuwait.

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