Utah National Guard medics head to Afghanistan

The Utah National Guard is sending medical staff to Afghanistan for a yearlong deployment. About 80 soldiers from the 144th Area Support Medical Companywill leave Saturday for Fort Lewis, Wash., where they will stay for 30 days before flying to Afghanistan.The soldiers hail from all corners of the state, including Smithfield, Logan, Brigham City and Ogden.Once in Afghanistan, they’ll be responsible for treating patients in clinics and providing medical support in combat situations. The group is scheduled to be deployed for approximately 12 months. The unit last deployed in 2005-2006, serving in Iraq in support of OperationIraqi Freedom.

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