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National Guard Send-Off

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By Lisa Martone

There has not been a National Guard deployment in quite sometime, but today 40 members of the guard packed and said goodbye to family members.

It was a tearful goodbye for the Wallway family of Newton. This is the first deployment of their boyfriend, son, brother, and friend Chad Wallway. Despite the family being used to these kinds of tearful goodbyes it does not make them any easier. "He grew up watching his dad go and he always wanted to do that so now you have to support them and be happy and strong," said Chad's mom Sharon Wallway.

"I am really excited to get down there and represent the guard and show them what kind of soldiers Iowans are," explained Chad Wallway. Chad and 39 other soldiers from the 186th Military Police Company of the Iowa National Guard will be heading to Honduras for a year deployment. "We are going to be in support of humanitarian issues going on down there to Honduras and surrounding countries," said Chad.

They will also be joining with another task force to provide enhanced security and stabilization to the region.

After they were Honored and recognized family and friends got a chance to say goodbye. The group left today for Texas. For many of the members of the group this was their first deployment.

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