December 31, 2002, 17:11 EDT

New year to bring new mobilizations

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, announced that units of the Virginia Army National Guard have been alerted for and will enter active federal service in January 2003. This mobilization will affect approximately 600 Virginia Army National Guard soldiers. This mobilization will be in support of Operation Noble Eagle, the United States' response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The units are being ordered to duty for a one-year period initially. The mission for these units will be to provide force protection for Military District of Washington installations. These installations include Ft. A. P. Hill, Ft. Belvoir, and Ft. Myer located in Va.; Ft. McNair located in Washington, D. C.; and Ft. Meade, located in Md.

Williams said the soldiers from the alerted units would undergo pre-mobilization processing at their home armories and Ft. Pickett, Va. in early January. He said that the soldiers would enter active federal service at their home stations in late January 2003 and then travel to their mobilization station at Ft. Dix, N. J. He went on to say that upon completion of two to three weeks of training at their mobilization station the soldiers would deploy to their duty station.

Units of the Virginia Army National Guard affected by this alert and mobilization are:

Unit
Home Station
HHC, 229th Engr Bn Fredericksburg
Co A, 229th Engr Bn Fredericksburg
Co B, 229th Engr Bn Fredericksburg
Co C, 229th Engr Bn Fredericksburg
HSC, 429th Fwd Spt Bn Staunton
Co A, 429th Fwd Spt Bn Richmond
HHB, 3rd Bn, 111th ADA Portsmouth
Btry A, 3rd Bn, 111th ADA Suffolk
Btry B, 3rd Bn, 111th ADA Franklin
Btry C, 3rd Bn, 111th ADA Onancock
HHB, Div Arty Sandston

Williams said that in addition to the routine training activities that are taking place many of the 7,500 soldiers of the Virginia Army National Guard and 1,200 airmen of the Virginia Air National Guard have recently or are currently serving on active duty across the United States and around the World.

VIRGINIA ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD ACTIVE FEDERAL DEPLOYMENTS

  • 265 soldiers of 1st Battalion, 246th Field Artillery and Battery E, 111th Field Artillery are currently serving at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Unit hometowns are Danville, Martinsville, Chatham, South Boston and Sandston.
  • Four soldiers of the Engineer Brigade, 28th Division are serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of NATO peacekeeping operations in the Balkans. Unit hometown is Ft. A. P. Hill, Bowling Green.
  • Seven soldiers of the Virginia Army National Guard Data Processing Unit are on duty in Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Unit hometown is Manassas.
  • 325 soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 116th Infantry are deployed to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Unit hometowns are Lynchburg, Charlottesville, Lexington, and Harrisonburg.
  • Three soldiers are on duty with Joint Forces Command in Virginia Beach, Va in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Unit hometown is Virginia Beach.
  • Five soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation are deployed in Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Unit hometown is Sandston.
  • Approximately 350 soldiers from Headquarters, 29th Infantry Division (Light), 224th Aviation, and 229th Engineer Battalion returned in April this year from Bosnia-Herzegovina where they participated in the NATO peacekeeping mission in the Balkans. Unit hometowns are 29th Infantry Division, Ft. Belvoir; 224th Aviation, Sandston; and 229th Engineer Battalion, Fredericksburg.
  • 70 soldiers of Company B, 3rd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group returned from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan this past November. Unit hometown is Ft. A. P. Hill, Bowling Green.
  • 60 airmen of the 192d Fighter Wing and 2 airmen of the 200th Weather Flight in Sandston are deployed at locations throughout the United States in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Unit hometown is Sandston.
  • 20 airmen of the 192d Fighter Wing are deployed at various locations overseas in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Unit hometown is Sandston.
  • 400 airmen of the 192d Fighter Wing flew 820 Operation Noble Eagle Combat Air Patrol sorties from the Richmond International Airport between September 2001 and July of this year. Unit home station is Sandston.
  • 60 soldiers from various units are deployed at Ft Pickett in Blackstone, Va. in support of Operation Noble Eagle.
  • 55 soldiers from various units are deployed at the Army National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Va. in support of Operation Noble Eagle.

VIRGINIA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD UNITS ALERTED FOR AND SCHEDULED TO ENTER ACTIVE FEDERAL SERVICE IN JANUARY 2003

  • Approximately 200 soldiers from 1st Battalion, 111th Field Artillery
  • Headquarters Battery - Norfolk, Va.
  • Battery A - Hampton, Va.
  • Battery B - Norfolk, Va.
  • Battery C - Hampton, Va.
  • Approximately 600 soldiers from 29th Infantry Division (Light)
  • Headquarters Company, 229th Engineer Battalion, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Company A, 229th Engineer Battalion, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Company B, 229th Engineer Battalion, Warrenton, Va.
  • Company C, 229th Engineer Battalion, Fredericksburg, Va.
  • Headquarters and Support Company, 429th Forward Support Battalion,
    Staunton, Va
  • Company A, 429th Forward Support Battalion, Richmond, Va.
  • Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 111th Air Defense Artillery, Portsmouth, Va.
  • Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 111th Air Defense Artillery, Emporia, Va.
  • Battery B, 3rd Battalion, 111th Air Defense Artillery, Franklin, Va.
  • Battery C, 3rd Battalion, 111th Air Defense Artillery, Onancock, Va.
  • Headquarters Battery, 29th Division Artillery, Sandston, Va.

VIRGINIA NATIONAL GUARD STATE ACTIVE DUTY

  • The Governor may order the National Guard to state active duty in service to the Commonwealth.
  • In May 2002, 50 soldiers of the 1030th Engineer Battalion and 189th Engineer Company were ordered to state active duty support of flood recovery operations in Hurley. Flood recovery operations included the removal of debris, emplacement of temporary bridges and related engineer tasks.
  • In October 2002, 200 soldiers received firefighter training and were certified by the Virginia Department of Forestry. Although the soldiers did not participate in fire fighting operations they are trained and remain available if needed in the future.

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