HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - About 200 soldiers in the Hawaii Army National Guard are about to begin their deployment to Afghanistan.
Family and friends gathered at Fort DeRussy Sunday morning to say good-bye to the 29th Infantry Brigade.
The goal of the year-long deployment is to train Afghan National Security Forces.
"I think we got a really challenging mission ahead. One of the biggest things is we are taking a lot less soldiers than we are accustomed to. The brigade has 3,500 soldiers and for this mission we are taking 200, so there's some inherent risk with a smaller force and less combat power on the battlefield", said Col. Kenneth Hara of the Hawaii Army National Guard.
The soldiers will head to Camp Shelby, Mississippi for two months of additional training before leaving for Afghanistan.