FORT SILL, Okla. (KSWO) -The holidays will be much different for a group of Fort Sill families this year as they prepare to send their loved ones overseas.
A deployment ceremony was held Friday morning for more than 350 soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Air Defense Artillery and the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade stationed at Fort Sill. The soldiers will be deployed on a split mission, sending soldiers to Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dalton says while the holidays are not an ideal time to leave loved ones behind, the soldiers are ready to serve their country.
"There's only been a few that have been on a deployment, so they are really, really looking forward to getting there. This is always the hardest time...saying goodbye to the family, and playing the waiting game until we get down range," Lt. Col. Dalton said.
Dalton says the deployment is extremely important to reassure our allies they have our support in the wake of terroristic threats. The deployment is set to last for one year.