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Jed Boal reportingWhile much of the world is feeling anxiety about the potential for war tonight, thousands of Utah families are understandably more nervous than others.
Right now there are more Utahns on active duty than at any other time. And more are preparing to leave.
|**Utah Soldiers Mobilized:** U.S. Army Reservists: 1,224 U.S. Navy and Marine Reservists: 300 Utah Army National Guard: 2,200 deployed/more than 800 mobilized Utah Air National Guard: 350 Hill Air Force Base: more than 600|
The 155th Postal Reserve Unit ships out Wednesday. After food, water, and fuel, mail is arguably one of the most important supplies for troop morale. They deliver care packages to the soldiers, and send home words and feelings from the front. "Lt. Jason McGrath/155th Postal Unit: SOME OF US ARE VERY EAGER TO GET A CHANCE TO FINALLY PROVE OURSELVES...AND ACTUALLY GET WORKING IN THAT JOB THAT WE'VE TRAINED FOR, FOR OUR MILITARY CAREERS."
"Spec. Sara Daughters/155th Postal Unit: I WAS PREPARED TO ACCEPT ANYTHING WHEN i SIGNED MY CONTRACT...I'M NOT GOING TO WORRY ABOUT IT. KEEP A GOOD ATTITUDE AND KEEP SMILING."
Take a look at the number of Utahns activated. More than 12-hundred Army Reservists, and more than 300 Marine and Navy Reservists.
80-percent of the Utah Army National Guard had been tapped, with 22-hundred soldiers deployed. Eight hundred more are ready to join them.
350 members of the Air National Guard are now active, and 600 Airmen from Hill Air Force Base are deployed.
That's nearly Nearly 55-hundred Utahns committed to this build-up, more than twice the number for World War II, and that doesn't even include regular military personnel that call Utah home.