JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Some local freedom fighters and defenders of the country have a big task in front of them.
"We need to succeed and we will succeed," 1st Sgt. David Nyholm said.
The 345th Combat Support Hospital is made up of hand picked doctors, nurses, pharmacists and x-ray techs.
When they get to the Middle East, they'll be responsible for training the Afghan National Army on detainee health care operations.
For now...it's about the farewell with family and friends.
"Our family is used to this, but it's still hard for everybody," Eddie Torres said.
Specialist Eduardo Torres is journeying over for his second tour. He's leaving behind a wife, extended family and this handsome six month old...Ivan.
"Very emotional. I'm going to miss him. He'll probably be walking by the time I get back," he said.
The sendoff included music, and heartfelt messages from commanders. The message: always place the mission first. Never quit and never forget what a great nation you represent.
The soldiers are flying to Fort Hood Texas first, for month long training. After that, it's full speed ahead. Torres says until they return, folks can help by:
"A lot of love and support. Have our back," he said with a smile.
The unit will spend a minimum of 400 days over there or until the mission is finished.