Delaware National Guard Unit Deploys Before Holidays - FOX 29 News Philadelphia | WTXF-TV

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

Delaware National Guard Unit Deploys Before Holidays

Posted: Updated:
NEW CASTLE, Del. -

On a cold and rainy day, nearly 70 members of the Delaware National Guard headed to Kuwait for a 12-month deployment.

FOX 29 News was there as they said their good-byes to family, friends and loved ones.

For most, this time of year is when families come together. But for nearly 70 members of the Delaware National Guard, they are leaving their families and heading to Kuwait for 12 months.

"I mean, you try to prepare, but I think until it happens you really aren't prepared until that day," Miranda Emerson said. "And then you take it day by day, and you get through it and you support each other. And, I mean, that's the biggest thing, I definitely will support him. He's going to have it a lot harder because he's the one who has to be away from his family and friends and everyone."

The 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion performs command, control and communication flights and air operations.

"One of our priorities will be troop transports, VIP transports, supply missions – just general support. Overall, we will possibly fold in on a mission, but we'll be required to landings on naval ships, as well, to resupply naval ships in the area," said Miranda's husband, Capt. Thomas Emerson.

They have been hard at work training. They know their mission will be a success.

But what never gets any easier, even after multiple deployments, is leaving your family, your children.

For Thomas Emerson, that means saying good bye to two children, 1-year-old Tom and 3-year-old Macie.

"She was born when I was born last time in Afghanistan. So, of course, she really didn't know what was going on, but I think now she will, so that will be difficult," he said.

More than 800 well-wishers were there to say good bye.

The 3-238th first reports to Texas for four to six weeks to prepare for the flying environment in Kuwait.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Ex-top aide to Congressman Fattah pleads guilty

    Ex-top aide to Congressman Fattah pleads guilty

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:40 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:40:57 GMT
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A political consultant and former chief of staff to Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah has pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a pair of campaign finance schemes.Gregory Naylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI, concealing a felony and falsifying documents.Court documents say Naylor issued a phony invoice of more than $193,000 to a candidate in the 2007 mayor's race. Court documents don't name the candidate, but Naylor was a top adviser to Fatta...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A political consultant and former chief of staff to Philadelphia Congressman Chaka Fattah has pleaded guilty to federal charges for his role in a pair of campaign finance schemes.Gregory Naylor pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI, concealing a felony and falsifying documents.Court documents say Naylor issued a phony invoice of more than $193,000 to a candidate in the 2007 mayor's race. Court documents don't name the candidate, but Naylor was a top adviser to Fatta...
  • Police Continue To Investigate Kidnapping And Double Murder

    Police Continue To Investigate Kidnapping And Double Murder

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:31 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:31:11 GMT
    Homicide investigators spent Thursday searching a home in Southwest Philadelphia searching for clues in the abduction of three men in Philadelphia.
    Homicide investigators spent Thursday searching a home in Southwest Philadelphia searching for clues in the abduction of three men in Philadelphia.
  • Police: Missing NJ Teen Found Dead In Israeli Forest

    Police: Missing NJ Teen Found Dead In Israeli Forest

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:11 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:11:30 GMT
    Israeli police say they have recovered the body of the American student who disappeared last week.
    Israeli police say they have recovered the body of the American student who disappeared last week.
Powered by WorldNow

WTXF-TV
330 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-2796

Phone: (215) 925-2929
Fax: (215) 982-5494

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices