Loved ones say goodbye as more than 100 local soldiers deploy

Perrysburg (13abc Action News) - More than 100 Toledo area soldiers with the 323rd Military Police Company are deploying as part of "Operation Inherent Resolve."

Tuesday morning, loved ones said their goodbyes during a ceremony at cedar Creek Church in Perrysburg.

"I'm going to miss my family anybody that asks in a family and I'm going to miss every single one of them," said Specialist Logan Swartzenturber.

After the ceremony, Swartzenturber was surround by family and friends offering hugs.

"It's hard, but I'm proud of him and I just can't wait for him to come back," said his mother, Pepper Swartsenturber.

The 125 soldiers are taking part in a mission in Turkey and the U.S. Southern Command.

"Our primary function will be to provide security," said Cpt. Cory Eickholt. "We have quiet a bit of security going down there, it should be a good mission for us. We're really looking forward to it."

Their service comes at a cost, with many sacrificing time at home with their children.

Specialist Michael Derby said he will miss his sons first birthday.

"He was born in January, so I will miss his birthday, Christmas, steps on his own. There is a lot out there," said Derby.

Aleiah Geldine is six months pregnant and husband will not be home for the birth of their first child.

"I'm proud of him, but I'm gonna miss him" said Geldine.

She is now looking into other options to still have him be apart of the birth.

"I'm going to call Red Cross because they said they might be able to setup a web cam if not we are going to record it for him."

The soldiers will first go through a training in Texas for several weeks before deploying overseas.

They are expected to come home next September.