FAYETTEVILLE, AR - More Arkansans have headed off to war. Yesterday, about 40 soldiers with the Headquarters Battery of the 142nd Fires Brigade left Fayetteville for training before heading to Iraq. Another 20 soldiers will join them later this month.
The training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, will mark the beginning of the brigade's 14-month mobilization. Family, friends, and other service members gathered at the brigade's armory to say goodbye before the troops boarded a bus for Fort Sill.
The Fayetteville unit expects to serve as a "fires brigade" headquarters, coordinating and calling for a field artillery fire throughout Iraq.