WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – Nearly 300 10th Mountain Divison Soldiers are heading to North Carolina to help with flood relief efforts. The service men and women found out 72 hours ago and since then, they’ve been getting food, water, and equipment ready to shipped.

For some of the soldiers, it’s their first time getting deployed for a natural disaster. Many of whom have friends and family living in the area. However, those emotional ties need to be put aside to complete their mission. 

“Biggest thing is just being professional, understand the organization that we actually represent. And just give it your all,” said Terrell Vereen, Company Commander for the 110 CTC Composite Truck Company.

The troops have been training for disaster response and can now put those skills into practice. 

“I’m excited to be a part of something greater than our every day routine obviously we do great things for the army here but to be able to actually go somewhere and be a part of helping somebody that’s in a time of struggle —that’s one of the most important things we can do as soldiers,” said Adam Smith, Company Master Driver.

The soldiers will be deployed within the next 24 hours and the details and length of their mission is still unclear at this point.