160 soldiers from the Massachusetts National Guard are being deployed to Kuwait to support operation 'Spartan Shield'.
A special send-off was held for them today in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The photos were sent into Western Mass News by a proud mother whose son, Specialist Matthew Hilario, is from Ludlow.
The unit based out of Framingham has many soldiers from Western Mass and all across the state.
This is the third overseas deployment since 9/11. The unit was deployed to Iraq in 2006 for Operation 'Iraqi Freedom' and Kuwait in support of Operation 'New Dawn'.
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