Area Soldiers Prepare for Deployment to Iraq

It's sure to be an emotional sendoff for 125 South Alabama troops, their families and friends this weekend. All are deploying to Iraq.

Saturday, 125 soldiers attached to Andalusia-based National Guard 117th Field Artillery Regiment head to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for additional training before shipping out overseas.

The 117th will provide security for military bases and convoys.

A 10 a.m. departure ceremony for the unit will be held at the Kiwanis Community Center on Highway 55 South in Andalusia.