ALCOA, TN (WSMV) - Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Tennessee Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes visited with more than 20 Tennessee Army National Guard soldiers on Friday as the soldiers prepare for an overseas deployment.
Lee visited with the soldiers at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base.
“On behalf of 7.7 million Tennesseans we are forever grateful for your service and sacrifices that you and your families are willing to make for our great state. Thank you for protecting our country, our way of living, our freedom and our liberties that we enjoy every day.” said Lee. “Maria and I will keep you and your families in our daily prayers."
“I am always humbled in the patriotism and the sacrifices made by our Soldiers and their families,” said Holmes. “These Soldiers are some of the best at their very specialized mission and not only within the National Guard, but in the Army as a whole.”
The deploying Soldiers are from C Company’s Detachment 1 and D Company’s Detachment 3 of the 2-135th Aviation Regiment headquartered in Louisville, TN, and will be departing for a 10-month deployment to Kosovo in the coming weeks. They are part of a NATO-led international peacekeeping force known as Kosovo Force (KFOR) that has been serving in the region since 1999.