CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A Wyoming National Guard brigade is heading out for eventual deployment to the Middle East.

The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that several hundred friends, family and leaders from across the state attended a ceremony Monday (July 29) in Cheyenne for the 130 soldiers from the Guard’s 115th Field Artillery Brigade. Gov. Mark Gordon was among the speakers at the ceremony.

The soldiers will spend the next several weeks training at Fort Bliss, Texas, before heading off to the Middle East.

This is the third deployment for the 115th since 2001.