For 162 soldiers with the Wyoming Army National Guard, Thursday was goodbye to their friends and families.
Members of the 133rd Engineer Company are being deployed for the first time in nearly 10 years and for many of these soldiers it's their first time.
The last time the 133rd engineer company was deployed, it was a mission to Iraq in November of 2004, but this mission will be the companies first ever non-engineering deployment.
"We're getting assigned to United States Navy and we'll be working security mission at an air base with protecting soldiers, airmen, seamen and civilian contractors," said Capt. Tyler Schiele, Commander of 133rd Engineer Company.
They'll be training at Camp Shelby, Mississippi for a month before taking on their mission to Bahrain, where they'll be until February.
For many of these brave men and women it's their first time being sent overseas, but the support they received at Thursday's ceremony is what will get them through these next 10 months.
"Looking out and seeing a lot of people out here, that means the world to these soldiers because that support back home gives us that right mindset to do the right thing when we're in combat," Schiele said.
Governor Mead couldn't be there, but made sure the soldiers knew they had his support.
"We are very proud of you. We appreciate your service to our state and to our country. I couldn't be happier for the work that I see you do day in and day out," Mead said.
Captain Tyler Schiele couldn't be more proud to lead this group and has all the confidence in the world they're going to make everyone proud.
"We're from Wyoming, so we're top notch. These guys are very ready. We've worked very, very hard to prepare ourselves for a very difficult mission and we're prepared for whatever comes at us," Schiele said.