26 Army National Guard Soldiers From Queens Ready For Deployment To Afghanistan

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Twenty-six men and women from the Army National Guard left for training ahead of a deployment to Afghanistan on Saturday.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

There were tears, hugs and lots of goodbyes in Queens at an American Legion during a farewell ceremony for 26 members of the 14th Finance Detachment.

For Ada Paulomolina, this is her second deployment. She is engaged and hopes to get married shortly after she returns one year from now.

“I believe that God puts us in situations for a reason to test how strong or weak we are,” she said.

The 26 soldiers will first go to Fort Dix for additional training before deploying to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, members of the New York Army National Guard will be the halftime attraction during the Buffalo Bills’ game against the New York Jets Sunday.

One hundred soldiers from the 53rd Troop Command and 42nd Infantry Division will reaffirm their oaths to New York and to the United States during a ceremony led by Brig. Gen. Michael Swezey. Swezey is commander of the 53rd Troop

The soldiers also will take part in a flag unfurling ceremony at the start of the game.

The New York Army National Guard has 10,500 soldiers.

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  • chris

    Too bad 1 national guardsman has no pride in his uniform and it seems the army covers up for him what a pity so many service men and women deserve to be honored for their service and loyalty. But this guy Eric broke a woman’s jaw, wife left him because of all the affairs he had and the army covered it up so much for him in Iowa he has been demoted several times then the army wouldn’t take him on again but the national guard did and 15yrs later he still never saw combat. Pray and hope that God keeps them safe and they return home soon.

  • Ellen

    May God be with them and keep them safe from all harm of body and soul.

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