140 Arkansas Soldiers Return to U.S. Soil from Iraq

FEBRUARY 28, 2007 - Posted at 7:43 a.m. CST

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) - A gymnasium at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resounded with the strains of the Razorback fight song and rousing ``woooo-pig-sooey'' calls as 140 soldiers of a northwest Arkansas National Guard unit returned to U-S soil from Iraq.

The members of Charlie Battery, First Battalion, 142nd Fire Brigade were the last of that battalion to return from deployment. Charlie Battery is based at Rogers and shipped out for Iraq more than a year ago, in November 2005.

Colonel Ricky Adams welcomed the soldiers back by saying  ``The proudest moment of all is now, when we can say, 'mission complete.''' He told the soldiers that they accomplished every task they were given.

The unit's normal wartime function is firing artillery, but members of Charlie Battery were retrained before their departure so they could provide security for other units.

Though Charlie Battery was the last unit of the First Battalion to return to the U.S., some security units from the 142nd's Second Battalion remain in Iraq and Kuwait.

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