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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Two units of the Utah National Guard called up for duty will be home for the holidays after all.
160 troops from the 116th Combat Support Engineers Company and 80 troops from the 115th Engineer Group got word Thursday that they'll leave for the Middle East after Christmas.
Top Utah Army National Guard officials made the request when they got their orders back in November. The units' original deployment date was the week before Christmas.
Military officials say this will be a big morale booster for the troops.
Two other units were also activated for deployment to the Persian Gulf. They'll leave for Fort Carson, Colorado in early January before heading to the gulf.
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