Walnut Ridge-Based Guard Unit Three Months Away from Deployment

WALNUT RIDGE, AR - As northeast Arkansas prepares for the return of the 875th Engineer Battalion this weekend, another group of Region 8-based soldiers is only months away from their own deployment to Iraq.

The Walnut Ridge-based Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 153rd Infantry of the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Brigade Combat Team will leave in early January for two months of pre-deployment training at Camp Shelby, MS.

After that, they're mission will take them to Iraq.  For many members of the unit, it will mark their second deployment to the war zone.

Alpha Company also has a detachment unit based in Rector.