Two members of Congress say they've heard
good reports from Arkansas soldiers getting ready to return to Iraq
for a second tour of wartime duty with the 39th Infantry Brigade.
Congressmen Mike Ross and John Boozman (BOZE'-mun) said today
(Sunday) that the second-timers agree that they're getting much
better training this time around.
Ross and Boozman visited with the troops today at Camp Shelby in
Mississippi, near Hattiesburg, along with Senator Blanche Lincoln.
In a telephone interview after their visit to the troops,
Boozman attributed the better training, in part, to the duration of
the war. He said that the Army has just learned a lot as the war
has gone on, and is much more knowledgeable about the techniques
A farewell ceremony for the 39th is planned at Camp Shelby on
Thursday. An Arkansas National Guard news release said, however,
that actual departure for Iraq isn't expected to take place until
Ross said the soldiers he talked with were handling well the
hardship of separation from their families and the prospect of duty
in a war zone. He said they're ready to go to Iraq and get the job