Aransas National Guard deployed at ammo depot

(June 1, 2004) — (Baghdad, Iraq-AP) -- One of the tasks of the 39th Infantry Brigade of Arkansas's National Guard in Iraq is a job that Saddam Hussein wouldn't be happy to see carried out. The soldiers from Arkansas are standing guard over one of his weapons depots in Baghdad while Australian forces destroy the ammunition. It's a long and tedious process for coalition forces to clean out the Zaphira ammunition depot. They have been there for about a year, carefully picking up shells and destroying them with controlled blasts. The Arkansas-based brigade's First Battalion, Delta Company is now on watch, defending the massive warehouse from insurgents bent on building car bombs.