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Arkansas Air Guard to Take Over Baghdad Airfield

DECEMBER 20, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CST

 

JACKSONVILLE, AR - An airfield north of Baghdad is to be run by more than 40 members of the Arkansas Air National Guard who are now on their way to Iraq.  They left yesterday after gathering at Little Rock Air Force Base.  The members of the 189th Civil Engineering Squadron will operate and maintain facilities at Balad Air Base.

Friends and family members, including several children, accompanied many of the soldiers to their marshaling point.

Master Sergeant Ryan Worces noted the timing of the deployment, less than a week before Christmas.  He said the service members would miss their families and friends at the holidays.  But he said, "You have a mission to do and, no matter what time duty calls, you have to do your mission."

Lieutenant Colonel Rick Oxner said the guard members were well-prepared to do the job they were being sent to after spending a lot of time training for the task.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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