ST. GEORGE – Jon Smith will trade in his microphone for an infantry combat helmet this week as he boards a plane for a 29-hour flight that will drop him in Iraq where he will spend a week with Southern Utah’s heroes, the members of the 222nd and 213th.
Host of “The Jon Smith Show” on KZHK-FM, 95.9 The Hawk in St. George, Smith’s new assignment will be in Baghdad where he will join members of the Utah Army National Guard’s 213th Forward Support Group, and 222nd Field Artillery. Smith first broadcast with U.S. Troops in 2008, and again in 2009. He said he is honored to for the opportunity to spend time with “real heroes.”
“I’m proud that we get the rare chance to visit and thank our troops, as well as take a small taste of home to them,” said Smith, who will be delivering messages of support, as well as a U.S. Flag that was flown over Washington D.C. in their honor by Utah Congressman Jim Matheson.
Smith will be broadcasting the entire journey live via satellite phone, and updating on Facebook so that their families back home can get a better idea of what life is like for their deployed loved ones.
The “Jon Smith Show: Live from Baghdad” will air from 6 to 10 a.m. for the week of October 17 through the 21.
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