Reservists at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base are preparing to deploy for Iraq for a tour that's expected to last six months.
More than 70 members the 916th Air Refueling Wings Security Forces Squadron are preparing to deploy sometime early next week.
Squadron Commander Major Jeff Poupart says he understands just how difficult the next few months might be for the airmen and their families.
But, he added that "the mission must go on."
And while some are anxious about their first tour, Master Sergeant Karl Wolf says he knows that if the squadron sticks together and gets the job done, the deployment will be worthwhile.