Soldiers prepare for deployment

FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) - Today a group of national guard soldiers deploy for training before they head to the Middle East.  The soldiers are with the 1343rd chemical company based in Ft. Payne.   Today they head to Ft. Hood, TX for training before they deploy to Kuwait in June.

Commanders encourage the public to come out, line their route out of town, and support the soldiers as they deploy. The deployment ceremony is set for 8:00 Tuesday morning.   Soldiers will board the buses at 11:30. The buses will start at the armory, go down Gault Ave. to 45th St.  From there they'll turn onto Godfrey Ave, and then onto 38th St.   Then they'll go back to Gault Ave. and take it through downtown Ft. Payne to Interstate 59.

WAFFf 48 News will be at the deployment ceremony today. We'll have complete coverage throughout the day.