100 Arkansas Soldiers Leave for Border Patrol Duty

JULY 11, 2006 - Posted at 7:54 a.m. CDT

JACKSONVILLE, AR - Members of the 39th Infantry Brigade left from the Little Rock Air Force Base in Jacksonville yesterday aboard C-130 aircraft en route to New Mexico.  About 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard departed Monday on a six-month mission to support border patrols in New Mexico.

There, the soldiers will support customs and border protection officials.

The soldiers will work with the New Mexico National Guard, part of President Bush's plan to increase the number of guards along the U.S.-Mexico border by 6,000.

Many of the soldiers, who come from companies throughout the state, also served as part of the 39th mission in Iraq.

The soldiers are on a six-month rotation.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)