"New Jersey is doing its part and we are so proud of you," said Governor Jon S. Corzine to the Soldiers of the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion and their families.
The 250-plus Soldiers, who hail from all of New Jersey's 21 counties, were joined by family members, friends, Senators’ Robert Menendez and Frank Lautenberg, Maj. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General of New Jersey and veterans group leaders at a standing-room-only Departure Ceremony at the War Memorial in Trenton on Jan. 25.
The battalion was leaving for pre-mobilization training at Fort Sill, Okla., and then on to Iraq.
"Freedom isn't free," Corzine said. "It comes with great sacrifice from men and women in uniform, and from families that are here."
During the ceremony, the 1-150th's colors were brought forward and with the