Surrounded by memories of our nation's military past, men and women of the 469th Financial Management Support Center prepared for the future.
The soldiers said goodbye at a deployment ceremony Saturday at the World War II Museum.
They're headed overseas as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
"I'm actually part of the internal control team so I'll travel into Afghanistan maybe once, but Egypt, Jordan and primarily work out of Kuwait doing inspections for our finance operations over there," says Lt. Shawn Briggs. "Make sure we're safeguarding the public funds, not losing any money and overall the accounting systems and whatnot."
Running the Army takes a lot of money and this unit is in charge of all financial operations in the theater.
There are accountants and auditors to make sure the money is spent correctly.
"This team here owes it to the American people to be financially accountable," says Major General Peter Lennon. "I know that they will hold us financially accountable to manage, to set up policies, to set up reviews. That's what the American people expect."
This will be the fourth deployment for Briggs.
He leaves behind his friends and family including two worried parents.
"No matter how many times he goes and hopefully this is the last, but no matter how times he goes, it doesn't get any easier and we just pray that he comes back alive," says his mother, Pamela Briggs.
This will be the first deployment for Sergeant Tamela Mayes who has to say goodbye to her 3-year old daughter.
"I'm excited due to the experience that I'm going to get and be able to work in my job but I am going to miss my daughter," says Mayes. "That's the only bad part about it is me leaving my family behind but it's a good experience that I'm looking forward to."
That experience begins in the next few days when the unit leaves New Orleans.
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