BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) — The Louisiana National Guard says members of the group known as the "Bayou Militia" have bid farewell to families and friends during a deployment ceremony held at the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse.

Thursday's ceremony was for about 250 members of the Louisiana Air National Guard's 159th Fighter Wing. The Guard gave few details about their mission, saying they are deploying in support of overseas operations in southwest Asia.

Governor Bobby Jindal and Brig. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, the adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, attended the ceremony.