Guardsmen, 450 in all, from Batesville, Walnut Ridge, Searcy, Augusta, Harrison, West Memphis, and a platoon from the Missouri National Guard, are heading to Fort Bliss, Texas. From the numerous supporting units of the 2-153 Infantry Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the guardsmen complete mobilization training at Fort Bliss, they will depart for Southwest Asia, spending nine months supporting Operation Spartan Shield.

Operation Spartan Shield builds partner capacity in the Middle East to promote regional self-reliance and increase security among partner nations. They will spend approximately nine months at their deployed location in Southwest Asia, serving as a security force by providing convoy and base security of United States military elements and assets friendly to the United States. Including their train-up period, the Guardsmen will be on orders away from their employers for roughly one year.

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