Alabama Units Deployment Ceremonies

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Deployment ceremonies for seven Alabama Army National Guard units are planned this weekend.

Guard spokesman Sgt. Martin Dyson said each unit will provide support to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On Friday, Jan. 2, Company A, 279th Signal Battalion will be given a send-off ceremony at 1 p-m at Arab High School.

Three units will be recognized on Saturday, Jan. 3:

  • Company A, 711th Signal Battalion in Atmore will be honored at
    9:30 a.m. at Escambia County High School.

  • A noon ceremony at Foley High School is planned for Company
    C, 711th Signal Battalion.

  • Soldiers assigned to Headquarters, 711th Signal Battalion in
    Mobile will participate in a deployment ceremony at noon at the
    Mobile Government Plaza.

    Three departure ceremonies will be held on Sunday, Jan. 4:

  • 1 p.m., Detachment One, Company B, 711th Signal Battalion in
    Chatom will hold a ceremony at the Chatom Baptist Church, Highway
    56 in Chatom.

  • 2 p.m., members of Headquarters, 231st Military Police
    Battalion, Prattville, will hold a ceremony at the Fort Lindsey D.
    Wright Armory on U.S. 82 in Prattville.

  • 3 p.m., Company B, 711th Signal Battalion in Grove Hill, will
    be honored at the Grove Hill Baptist Church.

    In early December, the Pentagon placed the units, and its more than 800 soldiers, on active duty. Military officials did not immediately know when the soldiers would go to the Persian Gulf.