SALT LAKE CITY -- Nearly 500 Utah National Guard soldiers are deploying to Iraq to help with security operations.
Lt. Col. Hank McIntire says the members of the Second Battalion, 222nd Field Artillery will depart for a 12-month deployment on Saturday.
The units are based in southern Utah and will leave from the Cedar City and St. George airports.
McIntire says this is the third deployment for the 222nd since the war in Iraq began, including similar security missions in 2005 and 2006.
McIntire says after this deployment there will be about 1,000 soldiers from the Utah National Guard deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to the departure, St. George and Washington County officials will sign a declaration committing to provide community support for the families of the deployed soldiers.