ADA — C Company, 1st Battalion Infantry, based in Ada, leaves Saturday for two to three months in Mississippi preparing for their mission as SEC FOR (security forces) in military posts established in Afghanistan where Afghani troops are being trained. They have been training for this mission, “Operation Enduring Freedom,” for the last two years. This is a combat mission.

The Veterans Upward Bound program at East Central University is sponsoring an area wide show of support.

The public is invited to show their support for the 131 troops of the unit nicknamed “Charging Charlie” by standing along the roadside between the Armory north of the city on State Highway 99, south along Broadway to the corner of Lonnie Abbott Industrial Blvd. in front of the Pontotoc County Agri-plex. Sponsors recommend participants rrive early, between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m., and bring their flags to wave, airhorns, wear patriotic colors, make banners, signs, and cheer as the convoy leaves the Armory at 8 a.m. Saturday morning. VUB Director Mary Huckleberry said, “Even if you don’t support the war, please support our troops.”