March 28, 2006--Posted at 6:19 p.m. CST
"Something I am proud to do, I am proud to be called on to serve my country," said Dale Hunter of the 875th Arkansas National Guard Engineer Battalion.
"We received the alert order a couple weeks ago, and this mobilization order just now makes it all official," said Major Michael Henderson of the 875th.
It's something the 875th is always ready for but is always a surprise.
"It sunk in really hard once we finally got the order that we are going," said Wendy Forbes of the 875th.
For some members of the 875th like Hunter Dale, who has a wife and unborn child, a lot is on his mind before he is deployed.
"Making sure my family is prepared to handle the things while I am gone and taking care of the troops while we are over there," said Dale.
"We have been tailoring our training programs based off a lot of the experiences and hardships we had to endure," said Training Officer Brian Mason of the 875th.
The 875th is always prepared to deploy on short notice to protect our freedom.
"I'm just ready to do my part. I Thank God every day for the life I had and I just trust him to take care of my family and my troops," said Forbes.