National Guard Soldiers Receive Heroes Send Off

HAMPDEN, Maine (WABI) Members of the Maine National Guard received a Heroes' Send Off at Hampden Academy today.

35 men and women from the 120th Regional Support Group based in Bangor will soon be heading to Afghanistan.

Organizers say the sendoff gives folks a chance to honor the soldiers and wish them a safe journey.

Col. Brian Ouellette says, "It gives them an opportunity to really get together and celebrate what soldiers have accomplished these last few months."

Megan-Colleen Swanger, Engineer plans officer says, "We have a great group of people and combined we actually have over 500 years of service all together."

The group will be deployed for a year managing facilities and providing security for personnel and facilities on base camp.