Jonesboro-based 875th mobilized for duty in Afghanistan

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - About 200 soldiers with the Jonesboro-based 875th Engineer Battalion have been mobilized for duty in Afghanistan.

The Arkansas National Guard received the mobilization order Friday and released it publicly Tuesday after contacting the soldiers. The majority of these are from the battalion's 1036th
Sapper Company of Jonesboro and the 1037th Engineer Company of Paragould.

They will report for training on October 3.  According to a guard spokesperson, much of the training will take place in the state so soldiers can be close to home.

The soldiers are expected to clear roadways of bombs and land mines while in Afghanistan.

Guard officials say the soldiers will mobilize in early November and head to Fort McCoy, Wis., for about 60 days of training. They're expected to leave in January for a 1-year deployment.

Soldiers with the 875th spent a year in Iraq in 2006-2007 clearing roads of bombs. They received a notice in June that they may be called into duty to help overseas operations in the fiscal year 2010.

The Arkansas National Guard says there are currently 390 soldiers deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)