Iowa Army Reserve unit deploys

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Ninety-five soldiers with the Army Reserves are on their way to train for a mission in Afghanistan.

Families and friends gathered around the soldiers with the 402nd Engineer Company, which is based out of Fort Des Moines, Wednesday morning.

The soldiers will spend two months training at Fort Bliss in Texas. Their mission Afghanistan will be to search for IEDs and clear roads.

Captain Troy King says 85-percent of the company is from Iowa.  He says they’ve spent the last 12 months preparing for this mission, so family members have been preparing for this deployment.

“The sooner they leave, the sooner they come home and we have faith in them…they’ll come home safe,” says Grace Parsley of Des Moines.

(Thanks to our sister station WHO-TV for this report)