DRAPER, Utah (News4Utah) – While most families rejoice together during the holidays, about 15 Utah Guard families said goodbye to their loved ones at a departure ceremony.
The ceremony was held Thursday at Utah Guard Headquarters. These soldiers from Utah Guard’s 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion are off to Afghanistan. Their mission to “process and analyze country-wide information collected to enable U.S. forces to gain a better understanding of the battlefield and fight enemy insurgents.”
Deploying soldiers will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, and then Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for several weeks of deployment-specific training before heading overseas for a planned 12-month deployment in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel.
“We are very proud of our service members who provide invaluable technical skills to all those in the region,” said Lt. Col. Steven Fairbourn, public affairs officer for the Utah Guard. “We are thankful for their service and mindful of the sacrifice of these members and their families for our nation’s defense.”