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Singleton stuck behind

Some active duty troops with the Alabama National Guard are expected to have their tours extended in Iraq for up to 12 months. At least one Demopolis man will remain away from home because of the decision.

The decision to make the extension is expected to affect both families and employers of active troops with the Alabama National Guard, said Lt. Colonel Robert Morton, public relations officer with the Alabama National Guard.

Morton said troops are engaged in various activities in Iraq, including rebuilding schools and roadways, as well just routinely just serving on active duty.

Morton said there are "at least 2000 troops statewide stationed in Iraq."

Charles Singleton, who is from Demopolis serving with the 877th Engineer Battalion, is one of the active troops whose duty is expected to be extended, said Sgt. Martin Dyson, Public Affairs Officer with the Alabama National Guard.

Ellen Singleton, wife of Charles Singleton, said that her 30-year old husband is an Auburn graduate, someone whom she described "as just a great guy."

The Singletons have one 11-month child son Charlie.

Ellen Singleton said she is looking forward to her husband coming home soon.