August 25, 2004
Transportation company Soldiers ordered to active duty
BLACKSTONE, Va. - Ma. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, announced that approximately 165 Soldiers of the 1173rd Transportation Company stationed in Martinsville and Rocky Mount, Va. will enter active federal service at their home armory on October 23, 2004. The Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers are currently scheduled to travel to their mobilization station, Ft. Bragg, N. C. after a short period of duty at their home armory.
The Soldiers of the 1173rd Transportation Company are being ordered to active federal service for 18 months beginning October 23, 2004. The Secretary of the Army may extend this period up to a total of 24 months based on operational needs or other requirements. Williams declined to speculate on what the final deployment location of the unit may be.