Owensboro-based Engineer Battalion has deployment ceremony

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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Members of the 206th Engineer Battalion of the Kentucky National Guard, based in Owensboro, will be heading overseas tomorrow.

The members spent some final moments earlier today with family and friends as they prepare to leave.

Outside the Owensboro Convention Center, they placed yellow ribbons on the light posts, poles, and other things. Inside, specialists got some final support from family and friends as they prepare to go overseas.

An exhibit hall full of people and full of emotion.

“I’m kind of nervous, but I feel everything is going to be all right,” says Spc. Dylan Deckard.

“We wanted to do something great in life, so this is something we can be proud of do it for this county,” adds Spc. Zone Khun. He, and Spc. Zone Put, twin brothers, are preparing for their first deployment to give back to the country that helped them.

“I’m originally from Thailand, but we were brought here. We were refugees. This country rescued us, so we want to serve this country back,” Khun says.

They’re two of the more than 150 battalion members heading to an undisclosed location, where officials say they’ll help with construction projects. Battalion members prepared physically and mentally since getting the call to serve several months ago.

“We try to work everything out. Just prepare it in your minds to be ready for it,” says Spc. Khun.

It’s the battalion’s first overseas deployment in about 13 years, when they went to Kuwait in 2006. Michelle Deckard says she’s been worried about her son, Dylan, a specialist medic.

“It just a number of things. I worry. Like I said, worry about his mental health, his well-being,” she says.

While her son worries how the family will be taken care of while he’s gone.

“That’s my biggest fear is people back home not being taken care of. I’m not really as worried about myself as much as I am about my family,” says Spc. Deckard.

Tomorrow, city officials are encouraging people to line the route between the Armory and the Owensboro Daviess County Regional Airport for a final send off, including along Carter Road, and Airport Road.

Two groups will walk in a parade from the armory to the airport tomorrow as the soldiers head out. 

The first parade is at 10:30 AM, and the second at 1:30 PM in the afternoon.

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(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)

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