Thirty-five Utah National Guard soldiers bound for Afghanistan left Wednesday, one of the last of the Guard's expected deployments to the war-torn nation.
The soldiers of the 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, based at Camp Williams, were far fewer in number than earlier expected, said Lt. Col. Hank McIntire, spokesman for the Guard.
This winter, the 204th was looking to send 300 to 400 engineering and artillery soldiers to Afghanistan and Kosovo. Instead, there will be fewer than 100 on yearlong deployments to those nations. Several dozen soldiers from the same brigade will deploy to Kosovo within several weeks.