Soldiers from the East prepare to leave Afghanistan
18 February 2014 Last updated at 09:29 GMT
About 1,000 military personnel from the Eastern region are nearing the end of their last major deployment to Afghanistan.
Over the past 13 years more than 60 local soldiers and airmen have lost their lives.
The military presence is scaling down and a huge removal operation is underway.
Alex Dunlop reports.