Medical unit based in Utah heads to Iraq

Medical unit based in Utah heads to Iraq

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Members of Utah's 328th Combat Support Hospital are shipping out to Iraq.

The 85-member detachment will serve two roles: providing health care for soldiers and Iraqi detainees and reinforcing the military presence around Baghdad.

A farewell ceremony was held Monday at Fort Douglas. The reservists leave Wednesday. They'll stop in Fort Lewis, Wash., before heading to Iraq for a year.

Many are deploying to Iraq for the second time.

The unit is also gathering donations to pay for Internet access during their deployment. A satellite-based connection costs around $60,000 a year.

Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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