LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – The first weekend in May is normally marked for Kentucky Derby celebrations.
While many are out partying and having a good time, soldiers from the 1103rd Military Police Detachment were preparing on how to say goodbye to loved ones as they prepare for deployment.
This Kentucky National Guard unit is heading to Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Their mission will include enforcing laws and preventing crimes.
Sgt. Preston Miller will be one of the soldiers gearing up for the mission and is excited about the opportunity.
“I’ll be doing investigations, everything and anything while I’m deployed,” Miller said.
He’s leaving behind his wife Elizabeth and two sons but was lucky enough to see newborn Hayden born.
Elizabeth said the baby came 5 weeks early and she was thankful he got to spend a little more time with his son before he left.
Sgt. Miller said he’s ready to start his job and it has been a life-long dream.
“He’s used to play with the Army men, we had two tubs [of them] at home. He always talked about being in the Army,” his mother Theresa Miller said.
Sgt. Miller says he will miss his son Donovan’s third birthday and Christmas this year.
“I’ve missed a lot of birthdays and anniversaries so it’s just how it is and I will call home when I can,” Miller said.
Miller carefully explains to his three-year-old that he’s going to work, working 8,000 miles away to protect freedom for all.
Soldiers will take part in training exercises in New Jersey for 60 days before leaving for Afghanistan.