(The Morning News â€“ Katie Harris)
Staff Sgt. Matt Vanderen plays with his 15-month-old son, Spencer at the community barbecue Saturday. Vanderen leaves for active duty this week.
BLACKFOOT - Pride and pain. Applause and tears. All were present Saturday as the community lined the streets from the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds to Jensen Grove.
The city send-off for members of the 116th Brigade started with a parade. Followed by a presentation to Mayor Mike Virtue. The community then enjoyed a free barbecue while they mingled with the soldiers.
The troops will fly-out of the area September 21.