The military buildup in Kuwait is moving at a steady pace and more troops are being deployed daily. Many of those soldiers are leaving behind loving families. WTOC joined families as they met to discuss another upcoming deployment. Families of soldiers set to deploy received official word that soon their spouses would head to Kuwait. And with about 65 percent of the 1st Battalion, 3rd Aviation being married, last night's meeting was one many of them choose not to miss.
With thousands of troops set to deploy another unit is preparing for change.
"We're sort of new to the unit, only about two months of being here, so this helps get us to know all the other families," said 2nd Lt. Jeff Nelson.
Call it an ice breaker for the Nelsons, but the Army Family Readiness Regiment is joining families together whose husbands and wives are set to deploy.
"It brings us all together to let you know that you're not alone at times like this," Jenny Nelson said.
"For those that have done this before they know how important it is," said Lt. Col. Daniel Williams. "And those who haven't done it before are about to find out."
"I think it helps them a lot, I think it helps them get an idea of what's available to them in the community, and also it gets them together," added Capt. Sara Pierce.
Getting families together helps promote unity and a bond soldiers tell us you just can't put a price on.
"The Army is just one big family anyhow, and that's the way we like to think of it, and this just brings us closer together," Jeff Nelson told us.
As these troops begin to deploy, the family unit will become more important than ever to many of these soldiers and their families.