A group of soldiers is headed from Bay County to Afghanistan to help transport American troops home. The U.S. Army Reserve 576th Transportation Detachment was honored Sunday at a farewell ceremony as family, friends and local dignitaries extended best wishes to the 21 reservists.
The mission of the 576th is to manage transportation logistics and ensure that equipment and supplies flow efficiently through the combat zone. "Without these soldiers behind the scenes making these things happen, the guys that actually pull the triggers out in Afghanistan can't do their jobs," said Captain Ronald Myers. "It takes a special soldier to do this because reserve soldiers don't do this 24/7... they only do this when they're called upon."
"They're very knowledgeable about their jobs and they appreciate all that the community does for them," said Sergeant First Class Michael Ayala. "They're here to support the freedoms that the community has today."
The unit's first stop is Fort Bliss, Texas for additional training and then the soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan.