ARAB, AL (WAFF) - A National Guard battalion out of Arab has been called to active duty and will have a departure ceremony Saturday.
The Alabama Army National Guard's A Company, 136th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, out of Arab, has been called to active duty.
The company will have a departure ceremony in Arab at Arab High School auditorium, 511 Arabian Drive, at 2 p.m., Saturday.
The company will deploy approximately 115 Alabama National Guard Soldiers to Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, and Qatar, in support of operations Spartan Shield, Freedom's Sentinel, and Inherent Resolve.
A/136th will provide tactical and strategic communication support in the United States Central Command area of responsibility.
The soldiers will continue to undergo extensive training at a mobilization station before deploying overseas.
State and local officials, as well as senior Alabama National Guardsmen, will attend the ceremony to send off the Soldiers of A/136th. The general public is invited and encouraged to attend to show their support for the soldiers and their families.
The Alabama National Guard has called more than 22,000 personnel to active duty since 9/11 and remains a top contributor among the nation's National Guard organizations.
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