Some Arkansas Soldiers In Iraq May Soon Be Coming Home

JULY 28, 2004 - Posted at 7:07 a.m. CDT

BAGHDAD, IRAQ - More than 400 soldiers with Arkansas' 39th Infantry Brigade have gotten word that they will be going home this fall.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports today that the soldiers, who served in the Sinai Penensula in 2002, are expected to return home from Iraq in late November or early December in accordance with Department of the Army Policy.

The plan that they would leave earlier than the rest of the brigade has not been submitted in writing but has been orally passed down from the Pentagon.

Even so, there is no immediate timetable for their return to Arkansas nor a plan for their replacements because other details have yet to be decided.

The policy affects 274 soldiers in the brigade's Third Battalion and about 150 more from the Second Batallion, 162nd Infantry Regiment of Oregon's National Guard, which is attached to the 39th.

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