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Utah soldiers deploy to Afghanistan

Local troops left Wednesday morning for a one year deployment. The Utah National Guard soldiers are from the 65th Fires Brigade based at Camp Williams.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - Local troops left Wednesday morning for a one year deployment. The Utah National Guard soldiers are from the 65th Fires Brigade based at Camp Williams.

For Maj. Jason Wilde, The Executive Officer for the Utah Security Forces Advise and Assist Team, this is his second 12 month deployment. Maj. Wilde has been in the military for 20 years. He's a husband and a father of 3. Maj. Wilde says even though he's physically and mentally prepared deployments don't come easy. "The hard part of it is I like those kids. It's difficult to be away from them, I miss them. The real challenge for me is knowing there are administrative things they need their dads for,” says Wilde.

Even though Wilde intends to stay connected with his family via internet and telephone not being there for soccer practice and guitar recitals will be challenging. “It's difficult to hear about dad I scored a goal and wish you could have been there."

From Salt Lake International Airport, the soldiers will head to Mississippi for an intense 90 day training. There they will gain necessary skills to function as a security advise and assist team to afghan national security forces in Afghanistan. Maj. Wilde says “were going to basically teach them how to sustain themselves in border patrol operations."

Maj. Wilde tells ABC 4 Utah he is proud to be a part of the National Guard and to step up to the plate with fellow soldiers when duty calls. Their just awesome dedicated professionals and I really enjoy serving with them"

After their training in Mississippi the 65th Fires Brigade will head out to Afghanistan at the end of August.

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