Three Region 8 Guard Units to Join 1139th in Iraq

LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Arkansas National Guard says its 39th Infantry Brigade will deploy in January for another tour of duty in Iraq.

The Guard announced last night it received formal orders for the deployment.  The formal order asks the state to provide 3,200 troops for a deployment that would last a little more than a year.  A news release from the Guard says soldiers from the brigade would spend only ten months in Iraq, though that could change.

The Guard says it will call eleven other company-level units to deploy along with the 39th, including three from Region 8.  Those three include the 216th Military Police Company of West Memphis, the 1123rd Transportation Company of Blytheville, and the 224th Maintenance Company of Mountain Home.  In total, officials estimate 57 communities from across Arkansas will be affected by the deployment.

In April, the Guard received word it could be called up again to serve in Iraq, just two years after its first tour.  Plans then called for the 39th to join Guard brigades from Indiana, Ohio and Oklahoma to form a force of 13,000 troops to relieve battle-weary soldiers in Iraq.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)