More than 100 Arkansas National Guardsmen from the 1-153 Infantry Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team departed Friday for their mobilization station, Fort Bliss, Texas. After they complete mobilization training at Fort Bliss, they will depart for Southwest Asia for Operation Spartan Shield, too build partner capacity in the Middle East to promote regional self-reliance and increase security among partner nations.

The Guardsmen will spend approximately nine months at their deployed location in Southwest Asia, serving as a quick-reaction force in support of American forces and partner nations in the region.

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