Three Alabama Army National Guard units serving in Iraq are expected to return to the state over the next three to four months. Guard spokesman Norman Arnold said 125 soldiers assigned to the Mobile-based 226th Area Support Group could be back on home soil within the next two weeks. The 226th was placed on active duty 12 months ago.
Two other units based in south Alabama are also on the docket for airlift to Alabama.
They include the 161st Area Support Medical Battalion with 125 soldiers expected to return sometime in May. The battalion deployed in January of last year.
Also scheduled to rotate back to the US in mid-April are 165 soldiers with the Fairhope-based 1165th Military Police Company.
Arnold said while 2300 Alabama soldiers are leaving Iraq, another 1700 citizen-soldiers are preparing to leave for duty in the Middle East. They include the Mobile-based 711th Signal Battalion with its nearly 700 personnel.