Health Surveys Come as Possible Deployment of 39th Looms - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Little Rock, AR

Health Surveys Come as Possible Deployment of 39th Looms

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Senator Mark Pryor says Arkansas' 39th Infantry Brigade has most of the equipment it needs for a possible second deployment to Iraq, but health concerns could disqualify some of its soldiers from service.

Pryor said health concerns ranging from dental problems to bad backs kept a number of soldiers in Arkansas when the brigade left for an 18-month deployment in 2004.  Now, Pryor said Guard leaders want to make sure soldiers can be fit for battle by October, when the 39th could receive orders for another deployment.

While some disqualifications came from injuries, Pryor said officials found some soldiers in the last deployment had problems that routine medical checkups could have solved ahead of time.  Pryor said the federal government bears the responsibility in caring for National Guard soldiers when their private insurance or lack of it affects their health.

This week, officers in 11 Arkansas National Guard units not part of the 39th received notice they could be activated to go along with the 39th to Iraq.  Major General Bill Wofford, Arkansas adjutant general and commander of the state guard, said it would be impossible for the 39th to meet the required troop level, about 3,200 soldiers, without help.  Wofford said some of the shortfall was attributable to soldiers' health problems.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Sheriff's department arrests man for stealing $21,000 ring

    Sheriff's department arrests man for stealing $21,000 ring

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 11:45 PM EDT2017-06-28 03:45:33 GMT
    Christopher Scott Wheeley (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)Christopher Scott Wheeley (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Department)

    Craighead County Sheriff's Deputies say a man accused of stealing a ring worth more than $20,000 let the wrong person know he had it.

    Craighead County Sheriff's Deputies say a man accused of stealing a ring worth more than $20,000 let the wrong person know he had it.

  • Burger King feeds police and emergency personnel

    Burger King feeds police and emergency personnel

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-06-28 02:39:27 GMT
    Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:50 PM EDT2017-06-28 02:50:21 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    Burger King provided lunch to law enforcement and emergency crews working the crash on Interstate 555.

    Burger King provided lunch to law enforcement and emergency crews working the crash on Interstate 555.

  • Witnesses told story of crash

    Witnesses told story of crash

    Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:20 PM EDT2017-06-28 02:20:20 GMT
    Tuesday, June 27 2017 10:48 PM EDT2017-06-28 02:48:49 GMT
    Emergency crews were at the scene of a crash Tuesday on I-555 that killed one person and damaged an overpass. (Source: KAIT)Emergency crews were at the scene of a crash Tuesday on I-555 that killed one person and damaged an overpass. (Source: KAIT)

    It was a scene often seen on the national news, witnesses said Tuesday when describing a crash involving an 18-wheeler that killed a Jonesboro man. 

    It was a scene often seen on the national news, witnesses said Tuesday when describing a crash involving an 18-wheeler that killed a Jonesboro man. 

Powered by Frankly