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Last updated 4:01AM ET
February 28, 2021
Pentagon Calls More Alabama Soldiers
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - Another group of Alabama's citizen-soldiers soon will deploy to Iraq. The Alabama National Guard announced on Thursday the mobilization of six units with a combined strength of 640 troops.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Bob Horton, a Guard spokesman, the Pentagon called the following units to active duty:

- 75 troops assigned to the 1103rd Combat Sustainment Battalion in Eufaula

- 160 troops assigned to Company C, 167th Infantry Regiment in Cullman

- 170 troops assigned to the 1203rd Engineer Battalion in Dothan

- 170 troops assigned to 1st Battalion, 131st Armor in Ozark

- 35 troops assigned to the 1146th Personnel Service Battalion in Montgomery

- 30 troops assigned to the 621st Troop Command in Union Springs

Horton said all the units will spend 365 days on active duty.

A deployment ceremony will be held in Eufaula on Monday at 11-30 a-m for the 1103rd Combat Sustainment Battalion. Two more Alabama units - Company C, 167th Infantry Regiment and the 1203rd Engineer Battalion - will mobilize in June.

Three other units will deploy in July. All the unit's soldiers will undergo additional training at various military installations around the U-S and some are being called to active duty for the second time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Alabama already has seven Army Guard units with 11-hundred troops deployed overseas supporting the Iraq war.

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