Families say goodbye to soldiers heading to Iraq

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by AP and WHAS editors

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 4, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 4 at 9:05 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP and WHAS)--In one of the largest mobilizations in the Kentucky National Guard's history, the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade will hold a departure ceremony for their deployment to Iraq at Freedom Hall in Louisville 4 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

More than 1,300 Soldiers from across the Commonwealth will be a part of Operation New Dawn and help U.S. Forces withdrawal from Iraq later this year.

The Cornett family is saying goodbye to their loved one for a second time.

Staff Sgt. Dennis Cornett said its the love that pulls them through.

"There's not a whole lot of preparing, yeah, you just gotta suck it up and drive on. A lot of talking with your family and trying to help them out," Dennis Cornett said.

Dennis' family was at Freedom Hall to say goodbye.  His wife, Jennifer, said she has to talk to their children about dad's deployment.

"I just talk to them and show them pictures of daddy and let them know he is OK, and he's doing it for us and everyone out there," Jennifer Cornett said.

Since September 11, 2001 nearly 14,000 Kentucky National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have deployed in support of the Global War on Terror. The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 140 troops deployed worldwide.

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