Guardsmen To Be Honored For Border Actions info
Arizona Daily Star (Tucson)
January 22, 2007
By Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee National Guard will honor four of its men for properly handling a tense situation while patrolling the Arizona-Mexico border earlier this month, a Guard spokesman said.
The troops were approached by a group of six to eight armed men while on patrol on Jan. 3 near Sasabe, Ariz., about 60 miles southwest of Tucson. They withdrew without confrontation, according to a military report.
"The soldiers did exactly what their mission was, to pull back if they're approached by armed personnel coming across the border," Tennessee National Guard spokesman Randy Harris said Saturday.
"They were to pull back, contact the Border Patrol, and the Border Patrol would come and make the needed apprehension or investigate the situation," Harris said. "The Tennessee National Guardsmen are not there as law enforcement."
The ceremony honoring the four Guardsmen is expected to take place later this week, and Tennessee National Guard Adjutant Gen. Gus Hargett is likely to attend, Harris said.
About 250 Guardsmen next month will begin the third deployment of Tennessee troops to reinforce U.S. Border Patrol agents.