It was a Christmas present come early for the Maine Army National Guard's 262nd Engineer Company. They will now get to spend their Christmas with their families instead of being deployed to Afghanistan.

They were scheduled to go to Afghanistan in December to help close down bases and forward observation posts. They learned earlier today that the deployment has been cancelled.

The 262nd Engineering Company of the Maine Army National Guard have been training for months to be deployed to Afghanistan this December.

The 262nd has 150 members is based in Westbrook and has a detachment in Belfast.