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.