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.
“These Guardsmen are facing a challenging mission,” said Maj. Gen. Jon Stubbs, Arkansas’ adjutant general. “But it’s nothing they’re not capable of executing safely and effectively. We’ve trained them up well. They’re well led, and that part of the world will be a safer place with them there for their mission. Here at home, we’re going to take care of their families so they can focus on their mission. They know how to reach us through our App, via phone or e-mail. I encourage the families to reach out to us if they’re experiencing an issue with any of their benefits. We have a robust team in place to directly help them, or point them to the resources who can help.”
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