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More Utah Military Linguists Head for Gulf

More Utah Military Linguists Head for Gulf

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(Salt Lake City, KSL News) -- More Utah soldiers packed up, hugged their families and headed off to a possible war this morning.

About 200 linguists from the Utah National Guard's 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion left for Fort Carson, Colorado today on their way to the Middle East.

The soldiers have been preparing for months. Excitement and enthusiasm for the job ahead mix with the anxiety and sorrow of leaving their families.

Layna May's husband is being deployed for the first time.

"I'm happy, scared, excited, nervous. I'm just grateful for his patriotism," she says.

"It's sad to leave the family. There's worries as to whether they'll be OK. But it's also important what we're going to go and do," says Sgt. Thomas Price.

About 1,100 Utah Guard personnel have been mobilized or deployed. More are likely to be called.

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