ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) - Getting suited up and shipping out -- but it's something that these men and women have prepared for.
On Friday morning, approximately 200 members of the 136th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade said farewell to their family and friends at a deployment ceremony in Pflugerville.
Prior to the ceremony, Specialist Ariane Rodgers spent the day Wednesday doing a final check of her equipment before she leaves for training at Fort Hood and then on to Afghanistan for a nine month deployment.
"I think its another great opportunity to serve for the Army and the country," said Rodgers, who just returned from a two year deployment to Kuwait last year. "I joined active duty right after high school. Just wanted to serve my country, pay for college. It's a good job."
Rodgers, 24, volunteered for the Afghanistan mission, even though she will be leaving her parents and other family members behind again.
"They accept it- its what I'm doing- so they support me in it," she said. "Its just a calling- its just a feeling like this is something that I should do."
Brigadier General William Hall will command the mission and ultimately be in charge of 900 U.S. military personnel at Camp Phoenix in Kabul.
"There are a lot of opportunities to do good things for the citizens of Afghanistan as we draw down there," said Hall. "They want it- they want to own it- and they are."
The unit will be in charge of operations at the base along with providing protection, emergency services and support operations.
"Probably the biggest challenge is the uncertainty in the road ahead both for the Afghans and the U.S. forces as we move in and draw down forces- that natural friction that happens," said Hall.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.
Austin Police are looking for a missing woman.