About 100 soldiers of A (Alpha) Company of the 422nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion (referred to as “Alpha 4-2-2”) of the Arizona Army National Guard came home Sunday a nearly year-long deployment to Afghanistan.
Since the military has been downsized - leaner and meaner - more war fighting responsibility has fallen on the citizen soldiers. National Guard and reserve units have been called up in the greatest number since World War II. More than 10,000 Arizona Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have been called up to support the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 2001. Almost all American soldiers have left Iraq but there are still approximately 200 Arizona National Guard Soldiers and Airmen serving on federal active duty overseas. For the soldiers and their families the end appears to be in sight as the war in Afghanistan starts to wind down in the next year.