January 10 , 2003, 16:11 EST

Engineers and Support Detachment ordered to active federal service

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, announced that approximately 90 soldiers of the 189th Engineer Company located in Big Stone Gap, Va. and approximately 30 soldiers of the 222nd Support Detachment located in Staunton, Va. will enter active federal service at their home armories on January 17, 2003. The Virginia Army National Guard soldiers will travel to their mobilization stations after a short period of duty at their home armories.

The 189th Engineer Company mobilization station is Ft. Eustis, Va. The 222nd Support Detachment mobilization station is Ft. Lee, Va. The soldiers of the 189th Engineer Company completed their pre-mobilization processing at Ft. Pickett January 9, 2003. Soldiers of the 222nd Support Detachment are scheduled to undergo pre-mobilization processing at Ft. Pickett on January 16, 2003
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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 January 17, 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. General Williams declined to speculate on what the mission or deployment location of these units may be.

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.
  • 35 soldiers of the 229th Military Police Company returned from a force protection mission at Ft. Belvoir, Va. this past June. Unit hometown is Virginia Beach.
  • 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, Fredericksburg, 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, Suffolk, 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.
  • Approximately 90 soldiers from 189th Engineer Company, Big Stone Gap, Va.
  • Approximately 30 soldiers from 222nd Support Detachment, Staunton, 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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