80 Wisconsin National Guard soldiers deploy Wednesday
It was a morning of mixed emotions for nearly 80 Wisconsin national guardsmen and women Wednesday who are on their way to Afghanistan to support coalition forces.
For many of the soldiers this is their first time deploying overseas, and many generations came to say goodbye.
No one really wanted to say goodbye, so instead the message was "See you soon." Jason Kollmorgan's sister, parents and two sets of grandparents came to support their hero.
"It's a different war," Ralph Kollmorgan said. "Over in Korea, I didn't have to worry about my back. Over in Afghanistan, I told him you do."
Jason continues a family tradition of service that dates back to World War I. This is his first mission overseas.
"It is a lot of emotions," he said. "I'm excited, I'm nervous, but I'm also pretty proud."
Several VIP's like Governor Scott Walker charged the a battery - first battalion with their own words of encouragement.
Several soldiers are also deploying for their second and third times. They too, had some advice for the rookies.
"You just tell them stay in contact with your family," said Lt. Mark Ganey. "Write as often as you can."
Jason Kollmorgan's family sure liked that idea, too. His Grandpa did the same thing.
"He wrote just about everyday," said Jules Kollmorgan. "I've got a box of letters at home."