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Soldiers Getting Ready To Deploy Tomorrow

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Dozens of Montana National Guard troops are spending time with their families Tuesday as they are getting ready to start a year-long deployment to Afghanistan Wednesday.

This is the 143rd military police company's third deployment in 12 years.

"I'm feeling awesome. I'm excited to go on this one," said Spc. Brady Gray

Specialist Gray is getting ready to start her second tour in four years.

She's one of 35 members of the Montana National Guard's 143rd Military Police Company.

Early Wednesday, the group will start a one-year deployment to Afghanistan.

This time her group is tasked with maintaining law and order at operating bases, it's different than what she did last time.

"Our mission was combat support, where as this one is law and order, so it will be a completely different mission so new experiences and I'm really excited," Gray said.

At a deployment ceremony this afternoon at the Belgrade Armed Forces Reserve Center, Gray and the rest of her company were officially taken off reserve status.

And that brings mixed emotions to Gray's aunt, Becky Johnston.

"You know it's kind of bitter sweet feeling that we get," said Johnston. "We are so proud of her and we support her in anything she wants to do we hate to see her leave."

She hates to see her niece leave again, but she has faith in the mission.

"I think they know what they are doing," said Johnston. "They go there, and there is always an element of danger and worry that you get of course, but you just have to trust."

Johnston's husband, Mat, agrees.

"I'm probably less concerned," said Mat Johnston. "I think she's more trained, more confident.  Hopefully things will be a little bit safer for her going over, but it being a war zone she needs to be very careful."

Gray and her company will first spend six weeks in Fort Dix, New Jersey undergoing extensive training before heading to Afghanistan.

The soldiers will leave tomorrow morning from the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport.

ABC FOX Montana will be there when the soldiers leave the airport and will have the story here on abcfoxmontana.com.

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