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South Dakota Army National Guard deploys 24 soldiers to Kuwait

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Published: Jun. 8, 2018 at 4:36 PM CDT
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For the Detachment 1, Company B, 935th Aviation Support Battalion this will be a nine month long deployment to Kuwait and for those who have experienced deployment, there is never a right time to leave.

"I think it's really hard to emotionally prepare. Especially for young kids, they may not quite understand why mom or dad has to be away for a year. I really feel that the true hero's of this deployment are the families," says Seth Mendel a National Guard Chief Warrant Officer 3.

For one guardsman, whos wife is being deployed on Sunday, the biggest worry is how their one year old daughter will react to not seeing her mom everyday.

"It'll make taking care of the one year old a lot tougher, there's no doubt there. She's about 15 months right now," says Shawn Carlin, a National Guard Staff Sergeant.

The unit will first go to for Fort Hood, Texas. Staying there for 57 days then making the journey to Kuwait. For Ben English, this will be his first tour. Coming from a military family, he sees this as a way for him to give back to the National Guard.

"The National Guard has provided me so many opportunities in life and so many benefits. I really feel I am just paying them back going on this deployment with all the opportunities they give me," says Ben English a National Guard Specialist.