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6 Illinois Soldiers Heading to Afghanistan

Six Illinois soldiers will be heading out to Fort Bliss, Texas before deploying to Afghanistan. (WRSP)

Thursday, family and friends said farewell to some local heroes.

They were part of a mobilization ceremony for national guard bilateral embedded staff team A19.

Six soldiers will be heading out to Fort Bliss, Texas before deploying to Afghanistan.

This will be their first deployment for two of them.

Lieutenant Colonel Corey Wise says deployments always bring feelings of separation, but the National Guard has an unbreakable bond.

"We're a 100 percent volunteer force and that says something," said Lt. Colonel Corey L. Wise, Commander for the Bilateral Embedded Support Team A19. "There are bonds that are made in this uniform that are made nowhere else and it means a lot."

Team A19 will be working with the polish military contingent.

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