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More Arkansas Soldiers Alerted for Possible Duty in Iraq

November 6, 2003 - Posted at 3:32 p.m. CDT

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas Army National Guard said today that 50 of its members were alerted for possible duty in Iraq.

The soldiers of the Second Battalion, 14th Aviation, are part of a larger plan announced by the Department of Defense that rotates U.S. troops in the region.  They have not yet received a deployment order.

The group's primary mission is to provide air traffic control for military aircraft.  About 20 soldiers from Company D of the 114th Aviation has already been deployed to Kosovo to provide air traffic control for the Fourth Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The alert comes after 3,000 Army National Guard members from 47 Arkansas units left for Fort Hood, Texas, last week for eventual deployment to Iraq.

Roughly 4,200 soldiers and airmen from the Arkansas National Guard are now on active duty in the United States, Cuba, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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