Utah National Guard unit leaves for the Middle East

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) – A Utah National Guard unit of 99 men and women left Wright Air Force Base Sunday on assignment to the Middle Ease. Families gathered Sunday to say goodbye. 

Major General Burton said, “They will be in harms way and we love them, we’ve worked hard to train them and we are concerned about them but we know they are ready to go and do what they are called upon to do.”

Many of the soldiers faced their first deployment, like Sergeant Prisby who will be leaving behind a six-week-old son. His wife Bridgett says, “It’s going to be hard for sure but there’s a lot of support from everyone.”

Some families have figured out special ways to keep their loved ones close. This will be the second deployment for Sergeant Sanford and he says notes have helped his family. “I keep a note book with me and when I have time I’ll write her a note and hide it in her laptop, like family notes. I have a note right now from her that she told me I couldn’t read until I was no the plane,so that’s how we stay connected and stay with each other.”

A second unit of about 100 will follow this one in nine months. 

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