March 9, 2003, 16:40 EST

1030th Engineer Battalion soldiers ordered to active duty

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia,
announced that approximately 35 soldiers of the 1030th Engineer Battalion located in Gate City, Va. would enter active federal service on March 15, 2003. The Virginia Army National Guard soldiers will enter active federal service at their home armory where they will remain until they depart for their mobilization station at Ft. Eustis, Va. The soldiers completed pre-mobilization activities 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 initially be ordered to active federal service for a one-year period. The Secretary of the Army may extend this period an additional 12 months based on operational needs or other requirements. The soldiers' deployment location was not provided. General Williams declined to speculate on what the deployment location may be.

The mission of the 1030th Engineer Battalion is to provide command and control for separate engineer companies and engineer teams.

In addition to participating in routine training 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.

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