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(KSL News) Dozens of soldiers are on their way to the Middle East.
Sgt. Amber Taft: "I'm a little nervous, but I'm honored to have this opportunity to go and serve and help others."
These Utah Guardsmen said good-bye to family and friends at Camp Williams last night before heading off.
Governor Olene Walker and Major General Brian Tarbet were on hand to wish the troops good luck.
The troops could be gone up to 18-months -- and that's what families say is the most difficult part.
Terri Greeff: "We know that he's doing something good and that he's helping people, and that's where he needs to be right now."
This is the first of two major deployments bt the Utah National Guard that will take place over the next seven days.