CHARLOTTE - Wednesday was an emotional day at the Charlotte Air National Guard Base for 40 troops and their loved ones as they said goodbye.
Forty members of the 145th Airlift Wing left for Qatar. The mission for these 40 men is to support the troops that are already stationed there.
The 145th Airlift Wing is equipped with the C-130 Hercules, which primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from rough, dirt strips and is the prime transport for airdropping troops and equipment into hostile areas.
The families gathered to watch their loved ones line up to board the plane, and eventually taxi away.
Christy Bost’s husband has been deployed three times and she says, “You never know what's going to happen. We just hope he comes home safe.”