Dothan Based Army Reservists Prepare for Iraq Deployment

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - The war in Iraq enters its fifth year Monday and another group of Alabama-based soldiers are preparing to deploy to the war-torn nation.

Personnel assigned to the Army Reserve's 787th Support Battalion
based in Dothan gathered Sunday for a mobilization ceremony to hear from Mayor Pat Thomas and others.

The Army said the 787th will depart next month for Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for a month of training before deploying to Iraq.

So far, more than 12-thousand soldiers and airmen from Alabama-based unit have participated in the war on terror since September 12th, 2001. 62 have died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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