Published: Feb 24, 2013 8:51 PM EST
Updated: Feb 24, 2013 8:51 PM EST

ARCADIA, Fl. - Families and friends gathered to say goodbye to 131 National Guardsmen Saturday as they prepare for a year-long deployment to Qatar.

This is in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

This is the first time the unit has been deployed since 2005.

WINK News spoke with soldiers and family members as some left for their third and forth tour while others are leaving for their first.