(Columbia) Feb. 8, 2007 - WIS has been following the story of the 218th Enhanced Separate Brigade of the South Carolina National Guard. 1,800 soldiers with the unit are leaving for a tour in Afghanistan to help train the Afghan army.
A group of 190 soldiers from the 218th has begun that journey. Buses were taking them from the National Guard Armory in Orangeburg to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Thursday afternoon.
From there, they will fly to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, for training.
There was a big sendoff ceremony with a lot of community support. Family members wore t-shirts with pictures of their loved ones, and a luncheon was hosted.
The soldiers say the support of family and community means a lot.
Eventually, about 1,800 SC Guardsmen will be in Afghanistan to help train the Afghan army.