February 18, 2003, 16:35 EST

Chemical Company ordered to active duty

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia,
announced that approximately 125 soldiers of the 229th Chemical Company located in Roanoke, Va. have been ordered to active federal service. The Virginia Army National Guard soldiers will enter active federal service at their home armory in Roanoke on February 24, 2003. The soldiers will travel to their mobilization station at Ft. Eustis, Va. after a short period at their home armory. The soldiers completed pre-mobilization processing at Ft. Pickett, Va. earlier this year.

This mobilization is in support of the United States' homeland security response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. These soldiers will be ordered to active federal service for a one-year period beginning February 24, 2003. The Secretary of the Army may extend this period an additional 12 months based on operational needs or other requirements. The soldiers' mission and deployment location were not provided. Williams declined to speculate on what the mission or deployment location of these units may be.

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