POSTED: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 - 7:00pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm
3,000 National Guardsmen from across the state are preparing for deployment to Iraq this week.
About 130 of those soldiers are from Alpha Company in New Roads.
Family and friends were with them today at the official deployment ceremony.
Their mission in Iraq will be to protect convoys as they start bringing american supplies out of the country.
It's the second tour of duty in Iraq for many of these soldiers.
Some say...they're already counting down the days until they return.