FORT HOOD — With a year of training under his belt, Pvt. Dezmon Worth left his twin 2-month-olds on Saturday for his first deployment.

Worth is among about 300 soldiers in the 4th Battalion, 227th Aviation Regiment, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, who will be stationed in Kuwait for nine months.

“It’s going to be hard. I’m going to miss them,” said Worth, as he held his twins before leaving Hood Army Air Field. “But knowing that it’s Kuwait, it’s calm. If it was somewhere else I’d probably be skeptical about everything.”

Maj. Mary Miller, the battalion’s executive officer, said soldiers are prepared because of training they received,including aerial gunnery, small-arms weapons, basic Army warrior tasks and pilot briefings for soldiers who will fly Apaches over and around Kuwait during their attack reconnaissance and water security mission.

“We’re all ready to go. It’s going to be a good mission,” Miller said. “We’ve been back and forth to Iraq and Afghanistan and so this is something different. I think everybody’s excited about what we’re going to be doing over there.”

Spc. Tarleesha Lowery also is deploying for the first time after three years in the military.

“I’m just ready to go,” she said. “It’s hard because I’m a single mom and I’m taking care of my child but I know I gotta go over there and do big things for the country.”

Miller said she expects troops to make a positive impact on Kuwait throughout the mission.

“All of our soldiers are very professional,” she said.

“We already have a strong bond with Kuwait. ... This will make it even stronger.”

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