Latest trainees depart Shelby for Iraq

More Mississippi-trained soldiers bid farewell to Camp Shelby Monday, heading overseas to Iraq.

Camp Shelby held a sendoff ceremony for 160 members of the Southaven-based 1687th Transportation Company.  The unit is responsible for hauling bulk equipment and other supplies.

The 1687th will remain overseas for about a year.

But this won't be the first time some members of the 1687th have been deployed to Iraq. Nearly a third served with the 155th last year and have now volunteered for another tour of duty.

Currently, two air guard and four army guard units are mobilized. So far, 43 soldiers with ties to the Magnolia State have died since the U.S.-Led invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over 27,000 Mississippi soldiers have been mobilized in Operation Iraqi Freedom.