Many Arkansas Soldiers to Return Home in Weeks Ahead

MARCH 1, 2005 - Posted at 7:35 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - There will be a lot of celebrating in the homes of Arkansas soldiers over the next six weeks.

The majority of more than 3,000 Arkansans of the 39th Infantry Brigade should be home from Iraq by the end of March.

Officials with the Arkansas Army National Guard said the soldiers will leave a base in Kuwait and start arriving in groups from 100 to 800 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, throughout the month of March.  The majority of the 39th Infantry members should be home by April.

There will be a ceremony for each group of returning soldiers at Fort Sill before they spend seven days at the Lawton, Oklahoma, post going through processing.  Once that week is over, buses will return the soldiers to their home armories.  There are 47 armories in Arkansas.

Once they are back in Arkansas they will receive a three-day pass to spend time with their families before having to return the armories for four more days of processing and paperwork.

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