130920-Z-RG802-001

130920-Z-RG802-001

BATON ROUGE – Family and friends bid farewell to the Louisiana National Guard Soldiers of the 927th Sapper Company during a deployment ceremony at the Bethany World Prayer Center in Baton Rouge, La., Sept. 20, 2013. The 927th, based in Baton Rouge, will deploy to Afghanistan on a 365-day tour and conduct route-clearance operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Army National Guard photos by Staff Sgt. Jerry W. Rushing, 241st MPAD / released)