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ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KOAT/CNN) - Members of a New Mexico family, a father and daughter, are being deployed together to Kuwait.

Spc. Krista Macias and her father, First Sgt. Lacey Macias, both of the New Mexico National Guard, will be serving in Kuwait together.

"A few years ago she said she wanted to go in the military," the father said. "It really surprised me. “

He said Krista, a medic, then volunteered to go with his company overseas to do a mission, which he described as an honor.

When the opportunity to serve alongside her dad came up, Krista Macias couldn't say no.

Krista Macias said one of her father's friends asked her to go. "They said that they needed medics to come and they just figured it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be able to go with my father," she said. 

She said having him there will help her more than he knows.

The deployment will be her first and her father's last. The elder Macias says it is a passing of the torch so his daughter can carry on the family's legacy of honor.

More than 100 soldiers were scheduled to leave for Fort Bliss Tuesday for three weeks for final preparations and then on to Kuwait for nine months

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