Ala. Nat. Guard troops called to active duty

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama Army National Guard say its 2101st Transportation Company out of Demopolis, Aliceville and Butler has been called to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A departure ceremony for the unit is set for 10 a.m., Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at Demopolis High School located at 701 U.S. Highway 80 West.

The 2101st, formerly the 440th Ordnance Company, was deployed to the Middle East in the 1990s.  This is the company's second deployment in the current war. It most recently provided transportation support for Operation Iraq freedom during 2004-2005.

Approximately 170 members make up the 2101st, which will head to Fort Dix, N.J. for final training before departing for Iraq.

In July of 2009 many unit members witnessed a church bus blow a tire and overturn. The unit bus stopped and 47 members of the 2101st assisted accident victims. Many involved believe their actions saved lives. Governor Riley later recognized these Soldiers in an awards ceremony at the Capitol.

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