The body of an Indiana National Guard soldier who died after arriving for training at Fort Hood in Texas is being returned to his home state.
Hundreds of families along with state leaders praised around 250 soldiers at a send off celebration last week.
Around 250 members of the Indiana National Guard will help support U.S. Central Command efforts in Southwest Asia.
Officials say about 250 members of the 38th Sustainment Brigade will be recognized during a departure ceremony on Tuesday at the Kokomo Event Center.
This year the Indiana National Guard has fully implemented the Sexton Act requiring service members to receive a mental health screening.
The new program is a partnership between the Indiana National Guard, Fairbanks Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Community Health Network.
Members of the Indiana National Guard will be in Washington on Friday helping with the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The soldiers will be assigned to police and security operations in both the Kandahar and Parwan Provinces in Afghanistan.
Section 1053 of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act transitions some National Guard members to federal civilian positions.
With refinery issues this summer, and a late summer spike in prices, Indiana's gas prices are finally starting to dip after a volatile summer