SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. --About 870 National Guardsmen and their families are gathering in San Bernardino on Friday, as the troops prepare for deployment to Iraq.After training in San Bernardino, the guardsmen will travel to Wisconsin for additional training for two weeks. From there, they will move to Iraq. "The soldiers are very eager to get there and do their job," Capt. Arnold Anderson from the California National Guard.
It's been five years since the group was first deployed to Iraq, and it's tough on families to say goodbye again.
"I'm sad that he's going," said Jake Sparks, son of a guardsman.
But his dad responded, "I'd rather go so he doesn't have to go."