Mobile Soldiers Returning Home From Iraq

Mobile, AL – About 250 soldiers in the 700-member 711th Signal Battalion are expected home from Iraq Monday. The Battalion is an Alabama National Guard unit based in Mobile. The soldiers are scheduled to arrive in Georgia, where they'll remain temporarily for out-processing. The 711th operates and maintains electronic communications equipment to support military operations. It was activated in January 2004 and deployed to Iraq in March. Those returning are from Mobile, Atmore, Grove Hill and Chatom. Other members of the 711th are also expected to return home within the next few weeks. Meanwhile, about 150 members of the Arab-based Company B are scheduled to arrive in Georgia Tuesday. That unit is part of about 10,000 Alabama Army and Air Guard personnel who have been called to active duty in the war on terrorism.