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Arkansas Guardsmen Being Called Up for Border Duty

JUNE 29, 2006 - Posted at 7:26 a.m. CST

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - About 150 Arkansas National Guard soldiers have been called up for duty patrolling the border with Mexico.

The soldiers from Arkansas' 39th Infantry Brigade will be part of an effort to have 6,000 U.S. soldiers fan out along the Mexican border with the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

The Arkansas soldiers are to deploy in the middle of next month for duty in New Mexico.

The soldiers will be on duty for six months or a year.

Replacements will be called up for those who do not sign up for continued duty.

Governor Huckabee approved the deployment but, because he was traveling in Asia, House Speaker Jerry Stovall signed the order.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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