Bittersweet was the best way to describe the scene at on the evening of Monday, July 30. When soon-to-be-deployed U.S. Army National Guard reservist Greg Prunsky and his parents pulled into the post's parking lot, they were greeted by friends and family lined up with flags cheering.
Prunsky, a native, shook hands with the members of the Soldiers Guardian Angels and Warrior Watch Riders that helped organize the event before the rally began.
"The support out here is outstanding," said Prunsky, a Western Illinois University student majoring in law enforcement who joined the National Guard in 2008. He's part of a military police unit based at Fort Sheridan.
During the get-together a prayer was said by the dozens in attendance for Prunsky, and thanked several times for his soon-to-begin one-year service stint in Afghanistan.
Check out the video in the media gallery for highlights from the event.
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