Local soldiers receive warm send off before mission in Kuwait

WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Dignitaries and families gathered at Lakota West Freshman School Saturday morning to bid local members of the US Army Corps of Engineers farewell.

For some of the soldiers present the goodbye was especially difficult.

Jennifer Isbell with the 961st Engineer Company based in Sharonville, had a tough conversation with her two-year-old son.

"We have sat there and talked to him about me leaving,” said Isbell of Middletown, Ohio. “He's been having separation anxiety from the last time I left for my annual training but we're getting through it."

Isbell’s company will deploy to Kuwait mid-May for a yearlong mission at Camp Buehring. They leave on Sunday for training.

The group will conduct maintenance operations and complete expansion work at the camp.

Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune was on hand for the community send off. He presented the company with a Hamilton County flag to fly at their base.

He also said county government adopted the unit so people here at home could assist families while soldiers were away.

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