217th Military Police Company holds deployment ceremony

Prattville, AL (WSFA) --  Another group of Alabama soldiers prepares to say goodbye to their families.

The Alabama National Guard 217th Military Police company is answering the nation's call to duty.

MSG. Tim Parsons knows the hardships of leaving his family.

"Well I'm sort of kind of use to a little bit, but it's always tough," says Parsons.

Parsons is deploying to Iraq with the Alabama National Guard 217th Military Police Company.

The 180 solider unit is leaving for one year to train Iraqi police forces.

This is the 217th's second deployment in six years but having to say goodbye never gets any easier.

"It's really tough, it's just something you deal with, and we you do think about it, it's tough," says Alison Parsons, wife of a solider.

"You try to focus on the mission, we have a good group of people going of to do a mission and we're going to do it the best we can and make our family members and that state of Alabama proud," says SFC. Michael Smith, a 217th solider.

As they prepare to leave Parsons and others are looking forward to one year from now.

"We'll go do the best job we can will I'm there and come on back home and it's all I can look forward too," says Parsons.

The solider's of the 217th will spend about four weeks at Fort Dix in New Jersey before they leave for Iraq.

Reporter: Daniel Curtis