(The Morning News â€“ Leslie Mielke)
A soldier packs his Meal Ready to Eat (MRE) as he prepares to be deployed Tuesday afternoon with the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team. This unit will be stationed at Camp Shelby, Miss., for two months before heading to to Kuwait and Iraq.
POCATELLO â€” Hundreds of family, friends and well-wishers were on hand to support soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team as they left for Camp Shelby, Miss., Tuesday afternoon from the Pocatello Airport.
In all, 420 troops were deployed from Eastern Idaho, said Capt, Eric Sharp.
Two hundred thirty troops flew out of Idaho Falls Tuesday morning; the remaining 190 soldiers flew out of Pocatello in the afternoon.
This will be the second deployment to Iraq for about half the troops with the 116th, Sharp said.