Their bags were packed -- and they were ready to go at the Minot Air Force Base today.
Close to 300 airmen and women boarded a flight to Guam this morning...ready for a stay in the South Pacific island designed to keep America's Air Force ready to respond half a world away from home at a moments notice.
Wednesday morning, was a day to say goodbye for months...and get packed up and on a plane for the long flight.
On Monday, the B52s made the flight over -- now it was time for all the support staff to join the mighty birds there.
Captain Michael Middents says leaving home is hard...but they know there is a job to be done.
(Capt. Michael Middents - 69th Bomb Squadron) "You are torn both ways. You see the family with tears in their eyes and it is an emotional experience but at the same time the mission needs to happen and you've got that in your mind as well. We get a chance to go over and do a lot of long-range missions which is really what we do as strategic bombers. While we are in Minot we go to a lot of local ranges but out there we get to go fly to several different areas that our allies support us in and have a show of presence for anyone that we would need to have a deterrence presence toward."
For Capt. Middents -- this is his 5th deployment to Guam.
The 69th Bomb Squadron has been placing bombers there for 10 years now.