Guard leaves for border

Pvt. Charles Whitt (left) and other members of the 301st. Chemical Company load their gear on a bus that will take them to Arizona where they will spend three weeks as part of a border security mission.

Twelve members of the 301st Chemical Company left Morehead Friday to take part in a border security mission that includes other National Guards from across the nation.

The group headed out about 10 a.m. from the new Morehead Readiness Center on KY 801 North and is expected to spend the next three weeks guarding the borders of Arizona.

Staff Sgt. Dale Botts is among the 12 men and said about 40 members of the 301st were not assigned this particular mission in the southwest because they had recently returned from duty in Iraq.

“Many of them just got back and do not have to take this duty,” he said Friday. “Some of the other members who are not going with us are presently in Army school at Fort Leonard Wood (Missouri).”

Prior to boarding the bus Friday, five members of the 301st were called out of formation to be recognized for promotions.

Those being promoted were:

Spc. Joey Jefferson to sergeant

Sgt. Jeremy Smith to staff sergeant

Pfc. Glenmore Richardson to specialist

Spc. Scott Rudd to sergeant

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