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(KSL News) – Hugs, kisses, and goodbyes. A tough day for 40 military families.
The 395th finance division is on it's way this afternoon to Fort Carson, Colorado. They will eventually head to the middle east.
It's hard enough facing 18-months away from their families, but so close to Christmas makes it especially sad for the little ones.
Ben Shinkle's baby is 3-weeks old.
He has a plan to make sure his son gets to know him across the miles.
Ben Shinkle, 395th Finance Division: "We're going to send videos back and forth, I'm going to try reading books to him, and send it to him, so maybe he knows my voice and what I look like as he's getting older."
There is a silver lining for the Utah troops.
They do get a five day pass to come home for a visit.
Many of them say they'll take their leave over the holidays so they can celebrate Christmas with their families. Then it's back to duty.