WICHITA, Kan. (KSN) – Members of the U.S. Army reserve in Wichita got a send-off Sunday as the 451st Expeditionary Sustainment Command was deployed to the Middle East.
While the deployment was a cause for celebration, it also was an emotional gathering for the troops and their families knowing they’ll be apart for a while.
“It can be very emotional. If the soldiers have little ones, it’s the time of separation. So the soldiers try to bring their families here,” said Major Tiniki Bussey, with support operations for the unit.
The parting was made easier, thanks to some local Girl Scouts who donated 250 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the soldiers as they departed from the Intrust Bank Arena.
“It makes me happy…I’m glad that they get to see their family,” said Girl Scout Alexandria Farmer. “And, I’m glad that we are able to give them this. Because it makes me happy to see them smile.”
The military does not disclose the final destination of units due to security concerns.