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Hundreds of Fort Knox soldiers deploying

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- 450 Fort Knox soldiers will spend the next 9 months in Kuwait. Attending the deployment ceremony was a group of men who know all too well about the sacrifices these soldiers are about to make.

While the sweet sound of the Star Spangled Banner plays and the American flag waves in the background these families contemplate what life will be like for the better part of the next year.

Monique Tevaga's husband is deploying, "Its reality setting in. He's ready to leave. The kids are realizing this."

Lt. Eric Tevaga will leave his wife and 3 boys.

"It's a lot of strain on the family but it's a sacrifice that they're willing to make," he said.  

"The primary mission of the battalion is going to be doing construction throughout Kuwait but also possibly supporting forces that are forward deployed into Afghanistan," said Col. John Lloyd.

The 19th Engineer Battalion has a long and distinguished history, founded in 1933 with deployments during World War II and Vietnam.  Dressed in red, members of the battalion who served in Vietnam came out to show their support.

David Ward served in Vietnam, "When I went overseas I had a pregnant wife, a child was born when I was overseas, I didn't' see him for 7 months."

Bringing back a flood of emotions and memories...

"The things that these soldiers give up they need us here to support them," said Keith Dilworth.

This will be the 19th Engineer Battalion's fourth deployment since being reactivated at Fort Knox in  2005, deploying to Iraq once, Afghanistan twice.

"We love our country. We're proud of dad, my husband, and what he's willing to do," said Tevaga.

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