Rector, AR -- "It's great to have the community to come together and recognize that we are leaving, going over there to fight for our country and support freedom," said Jason Manning.
Manning is a member of the 39th Infantry Brigade.
"You know the 875th had a lot of support, and it's carrying over for these guys. You know Rector is a great place and there's no other place I would want to be in," said Rickey Stanley.
Stanley is also a member of the 39-th Infantry Brigade.
There was an overwhelming feeling of support for the men and women of the 39-th Infantry Brigade.
The 39-th soldiers are a part of the group that will leave for Camp Shelby in Mississippi in January for training, then deploy for a year long tour of duty in Iraq.
The focus of Monday night's open house at the Rector National Guard Armory was appreciation and recognition of the jobs these men and women do.
"I can go out to eat and have people buy my meal. You can't imagine the support in this place. It's really awesome," said Stanley.
As proud as these soldiers are to serve our country, they know there are loved ones back home just as proud of them and the jobs they are getting ready to do.
With community support, and countless shoulders to lean on, the job of keeping things together back home will hopefully be made a little easier.