39th Brigade Mourns Fallen Arkansans in Iraq

Lt. Col Allen Hargis at left
Lt. Col Allen Hargis at left

APRIL 29, 2004 - Posted at 4:37 p.m. CDT

TAJI, IRAQ - "This is a time and event that I prayed I would never have the responsibility for as a commander.  But due to a violent strike by a cowardly enemy...that time has come," said 39th Brigade Combat Team Support Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Allen Hargis at a memorial service for the four Arkansas National Guard soldiers killed in a rocket attack Saturday in Iraq.

"It's a tremendous loss that we've sustained at the hand of an enemy that we don't always understand," Hargis said.  The Support Battalion, headquarted in Hazen, had six other soldiers who were also wounded in the attack.

Along the with the 1st Battalion, 206th Field Artillery focusing efforts on continuing improvements in base security, Hargis said his soldiers are currently working on building up peace of mind through security improvements in their living areas.