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Nevada Guard soldiers began journey overseas

There was a big send off Friday for a group of soldiers heading off to a long-term deployment.

The Nevada Army Guard's Bravo Company will be gone for nine months.

8 News NOW was there as they said their final goodbyes before loading up.

Emotions were high as Bravo Company prepared to leave. There were plenty of tears as loved ones said goodbye knowing they wouldn't see each other for several months.

Governor Brian Sandoval was the first to speak at the 30-minute deployment ceremony.

The nine-month mission will take 140 members of the Nevada Army Guard to Kuwait where they will make sure
all the communication systems work for allied forces in the region.

Many of the soldiers say the hardest part of the missing is leaving loved ones behind.

"We're leaving in only a couple of days so knowing this is one of the last times they're going to see us here means a lot," said Spc. Tania Resgonia, Nevada Army Guard.

"It's a pretty big honor. These guys make me proud and to see what all the other soldiers are doing -- along with us -- and I hope I can be some inspiration to them when they get older," said SSgt. Jeremy Tenorio, Nevada Army Guard.

With the departure of the Bravo Company soldiers, more than 15 percent of the Nevada Guard will be deployed around the world. That's about 532 soldiers.

Before leaving for Kuwait, the troops will first spend 30 days training at a Fort in Texas before heading overseas.