JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — About 100 members of the Arkansas National Guard will soon deploy to Afghanistan on a mission to clear bombs from roads.
The soldiers are from the Guard's 875th Engineer Battalion, 1039th Engineer Company. The Jonesboro Sun reports that it's the third time members from the 875th have been called on such a mission.
The company is based in Harrisburg. Officials say the soldiers will leave this week to begin two months of training before heading to Afghanistan.
In 2006, the entire battalion was sent to Iraq for 18 months. Officials say members found more than 1,200 explosive devices during that mission.
©2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.