Farewells and homecomings of Utah troops who served in Iraq
Published: March 17, 2013 04:15PM
Updated: March 17, 2013 07:58PM
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Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Garrett Mair comforts his wife Amy and kisses her goodbye as members of the 142nd Military Intelligence Battalion, the first Utah National Guard unit to take a second combat tour, leave from the Guard base hangar in Salt Lake City February 26, 2008.
While individuals in all branches of the military quietly left and returned during the Iraq war, Utah-based units typically hosted families for emotional farewells and welcome-home parties.