Arkansas Medical Unit to Head to Iraq in Coming Weeks

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas National Guard medical unit will head to Iraq in the coming weeks, although some of its members previously served in the war-torn country.

The 80 members of the 213th Area Support Medical Company are preparing to head to Iraq.  The soldiers will work in what could be described as a military emergency room, treating soldiers and Iraqis coming off the battlefields before potentially sending them onto other more sophisticated hospitals.

About 50 of the soldiers checked out their gear yesterday at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock, before heading to Camp Sam Houston in Texas for three weeks of additional training.  The date of their mobilization has yet to be set, although many believe it will be coming soon.

Yesterday, the Arkansas National Guard announced that some 2,800 soldiers of the 39th Infantry Brigade were on alert and could possibly be sent back to Iraq for a second time.

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