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(Spanish Fork-AP) -- More members of the Utah Army National Guard are getting called up, but they hope to leave after Christmas.
Last week, 160 soldiers from the 116th Engineer Company based in Spanish Fork and 80 troops from the Guard's 115th Engineer Group based in Draper got their orders.
They'll go to help in Operation Iraqi Freedom somewhere in the Middle East for about a year. But the activation date is still being negotiated.
Soldiers hope their top brass will be able to get their deployment pushed back until after Christmas. But they say they're prepared to go.
The two units will join the more than one thousand troops already overseas.
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