Montgomery's 187th Fighter Wing to Deploy to Iraq

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - One-hundred members of the 187th Fighter
Wing deployed to Iraq today with another deployment of 200 people
expected next week.

Officials for the Montgomery-based unit say the deployment is
part of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and will last 50 days.

The first group of 100 will act as an advance party for the
mission before being joined by the group of 200.

Another unit will then rotate in place of the 187th after 50

This is the Alabama Air National Guard unit's third combat
deployment to support the Iraqi operation.

The latest deployment means the 187th will have about 400 people
deployed around the world.