39th: Another Big Deployment Unlikely for Years

JULY 11, 2005 - Posted at 7:40 a.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Brigadier General Ron Chastain says another large-scale deployment like the one that sent more than 4,000 members of the 39th Infantry Brigade to Iraq for more than a year, is unlikely for several years.

The guard general told the West Little Rock Rotary Club the brigade has seen more deployments since 1999 than any other in the country.  The brigade includes about 3,000 soldiers from Arkansas and a thousand from other states.

Chastain said he expects fewer guardsment to re-enlist after their long deployment from October 2003 to April 2005.  But he also said the guard is reorganizing into smaller units that can mobilize more quickly and that should soften the blow for each soldier.

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