Piggott Armory Will Close Under Guard's New Restructuring Plan

JANUARY 16, 2006 - Posted at 7:31 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - As part of a major nationwide transformation, the Arkansas National Guard finds itself dealing with equipment, financial and personnel changes.

Once known as the 39th Infantry Brigade, the group of about 3,000 Arkansas soldiers who came home last year in Iraq are now known as the 39th Brigade Combat Team and the 142nd Field Artillery Brigade is now the 142nd Fire Brigade.

The transformation affected all Army National National Guard units and in Arkansas smaller units will see changes in location or closings.  Five armories, those in DeWitt, Lake Village, Marianna, McGehee and Piggott will shutter.  A new armory will be located in Cabot.

The changes will force hundreds of soldiers to drive elsewhere in Arkansas to remain with their home armory or choose to retrain in the new local armory.

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