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Members of Arkansas' 39th Infantry Brigade Now Filtering Back into U.S. After Tour of Duty in Iraq

FEBRUARY 25, 2005 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CST

 

LAWTON, OK - Members of the 39th Infantry Brigade of the Arkansas National Guard are starting to arrive back in the U.S.

An advance group of 130 soldiers arrived at Fort Sill in Oklahoma yesterday, where they were greeted by loved ones.

The 3,000-plus soldier brigade was called to active duty in late October 2003 and has been in Iraq since March.  National Guard troops from other states joined the brigade in Iraq, swelling it in size to about 4,200.  A total of 28 people in the expanded brigade were killed in Iraq, most of them in combat.

Brigade members will be returning to the U.S. through March.  Soldiers will spend about a week at Fort Sill before returning to Arkansas.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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