CLYDE, N.C. - Soldiers from the mountains said goodbye to loved ones on Saturday as they prepare to deploy to Afghanistan.
Patriot Guard Riders escorted the 2-11th military police unit of the North Carolina National Guard from Clyde, North Carolina, to the Asheville Airport.
The soldiers will train in Texas before leaving for Afghanistan.
The Patriot Guard Riders said the group deserved an honorable farewell.
The unit will conduct security operations at a military base in Afghanistan. Their deployment is expected to last one year.