Local Indiana National Guard Members Will Get Send-Off At Indy 500

Some southeastern Indiana soldiers are preparing for deployment to the Middle East.

Indiana National Guard photo

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Southeastern Indiana members of the Indiana National Guard are going to get a special send-off for a tour of duty in the Middle East.

The Guard and Indianapolis Motor Speedway will host a departure ceremony for approximately 600 soldiers on Sunday morning at the Indianapolis 500.

The deploying soldiers come from 70 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Up to 10 will be from Dearborn County. As many as five each come from Ripley and Switzerland counties.

According to the Indiana National Guard, the Guardsman of the 38th Infantry Division will deploy to the Middle East in support of Task Force Spartan. They will be in command and control of more than 9,000 U.S. service members who are there to foster partnerships, increase security and self-reliance throughout the region.

Guest speakers at Sunday’s departure ceremony include Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, Gen. Michael X. Garrett, U.S. Forces Command commander, and Indiana National Guard adjutant general Maj. Gen. Courtney P. Carr.

The ceremony will be held outside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

More from Local News


After Losing Her Father And Being Diagnosed With His Condition, 12-Year-Old Kensington Perseveres

Greendale Middle School student Kensington Harrison is helping other children with her genetic disease cope with the life adjustments it requires.

Road Work Will Close Manchester Landing 6-8 Weeks

The City of Aurora says Manchester Landing will close near the intersection of U.S. 50/Green Boulevard and Sunny Side Avenue starting September 23, 2019.

Burglar Strikes Tobacco Shop Once Again

Rocky's Tobacco in Aurora has been burglarized twice in 11 days.

Local Sports Report - September 19

Franklin County girls soccer was led to a win by Jordan Nichols, who had two goals and an assist, Thursday.

Milan's Clark, Deffinger Earn ORVC Weekly Honors

There were plenty of strong performances to go around in the ORVC last week.

Drue Chrisman Earns Big Ten Weekly Honors

In case you were wondering, Drue is one of the best punters in college football.

On Air

Pigskin Pete & Jim Bob playing
Loretta Lynn - Fist City

Kenny Rogers The Gambler 7:54
Patsy Cline Faded Love 7:50
Oak Ridge Boys American Made 7:45
Statler Brothers Whatever Happened To Randolph Scott? 7:44