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Master Sgt. Phillip Bassett holds the shoulders of his daughter Rowen Bassett during a farewell ceremony on Nov. 28, 2023.

Master Sgt. Phillip Bassett holds the shoulders of his daughter Rowen Bassett during a farewell ceremony for Bassett and the Utah Army National Guard’s 115th Engineer Facility Detachment, 204th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, at the Sunrise Hall Chapel at Camp Williams on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. The group is deploying to Kuwait to support base facilities for Operation Spartan Shield.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Photo of the day: Utah Army National Guard deployment farewell

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Surrounding yourself with family and friends is part of the holiday traditions.

For some Utahns in the Utah Army National Guard, the holiday season will be a little tougher because they will be separated from their families by thousands of miles.

According to a press release, “the 115th Engineer Facility Detachment is scheduled to deploy to Kuwait in December 2023 to provide base facilities management and planning in support of Operation Spartan Shield.”

On Tuesday, Deseret News photojournalist Kristin Murphy was at the farewell ceremony to capture the emotions at Camp Williams that gave us our photo of the day.

Here are just a few of the heartfelt images: