Members of the 45th Infantry Brigade are on their way to Iraq. Over 2,500 Oklahoma National Guardsmen and women began leaving from El Paso, Texas on Tuesday.
Deployment will continue on for the next two weeks. Soldiers will first go to Kuwait for 2 to 3 weeks for final preparations before being sent into Iraq.
National Guard officials say this will be the largest mobilization of the 45th Infantry since the Korean War.
SPRINGER, Okla. -- Members of the Oklahoma National Guard are officially being deployed to Iraq after several months of training. Teddy Safo caught up with a local woman who's son who set to be deployed.
Dana McDaniel’s son Cody Pinkerton is part of the 1245th.
"The holidays were wonderful. I had all three of my kids at home."
We were there when Pinkerton came home from training for the holidays. Now Pinkerton and 2,600 members of the 45th Infantry Brigade are going to Iraq.
"He promised he wouldn’t get on the plane without calling home. We talk to him at least once a day," Dana says.
"We just talk about the stuff going on here and horses and going to school…just stuff except talking about leaving," sister Ashley McDaniel says.
McDaniel says she’s been keep herself occupied to keep her mind off from the anxiety of knowing her son Cody could be leaving for Kuwait at any moment where the solider will spend about 3 weeks training before going into Iraq.
"You take a country boy out of Springer, Oklahoma and put him over in the middle of a war…just the training and preparation is just massive."
Military officials say this is the largest mobilization of the 45th Infantry since the Korean War, and Pinkerton being part of that mobilization makes Mom proud.
"I am a very proud mother very proud of my son for job he is doing. Sometimes I hold my head high, sometimes I cry my eyes out."
"It’s made him grow up a lot, and I’m just proud of him for going over there."