Guard Infantry Soldiers From Prescott To Go To Afghanistan
The Arizona National Guard is scheduled to send hundreds of infantry soldiers to Afghanistan this summer.
The Daily Courier reports 100 soldiers with a Prescott-based company of Arizona's 1st Battalion of the 158th Infantry Regiment on Sunday participated in a pre-deployment parade hosted by Prescott Valley.
The newspaper reported that soldiers from the company will be among 400 soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan for at least a year and serve as a security force.
Capt. Aaron Thacker, an Arizona National Guard spokesman, said "operational security reasons" allowed him to say only that the infantry deployment this summer will involve a "battalion-sized element."
The 1st Battalion previously served in Afghanistan during a 2007-2008 deployment.