March 17, 2003
Posted at: 1:53 p.m. CST
JONESBORO, Ark. -- Some 100 soldiers from the 875th Engineer Battalion in Jonesboro received mobilization orders Monday.
The Arkansas Army National Guard received a mobilization order today directing approximately 100 soldiers from Company A, 875th Engineer Battalion, 87th Troop Command, Arkansas Army National Guard to report for federal active duty effective March 27, for a period of up to one year.
The soldiers, based in Jonesboro, will deploy in support of Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom.
"All of our units have known that they may be called up at any moment. I'm proud to say that this unit has been using every spare moment to ensure its personnel and equipment are top notch and ready for deployment," said Maj. Gen. Don C. Morrow, adjutant general of Arkansas.
"We wish them a safe journey, a safe tour of duty, and we'll welcome them back home as soon as possible," said Morrow.
"The soldiers of Alpha Company are trained and ready to perform any mission that we may be called upon to do," said Capt. Michael Henderson, commander, Company A, 875th Engineer Battalion. "We have the support of our families and community and that means a lot to us."
Although no specific mission has been given, the engineers may be used to support tank units by clearing mines and digging fighting positions, support the maintenance of supply routes with bulldozers, and to support river-crossing missions.
The deployment brings the total number of Arkansans called up to active duty to 1,974. Some 886 soldiers have been called up in Region 8. Those units are: