April 29, 2003, 16:25 EST

Staunton and Sandston units scheduled for release from active duty

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude A. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced that orders have been received releasing two units of the Virginia Army National Guard from active federal service. The 222nd Support Detachment, stationed in Staunton, Va. and Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command stationed in Sandston, Va. are scheduled to be released from active federal service and return to the control of the Virginia Army National Guard on May 21, 2003. A specific home station arrival date was not provided.

Approximately 30 soldiers from 222nd Support Detachment were ordered to active federal service on January 17, 2003. They deployed to their mobilization station at Ft. Bragg, N. C. on January 21, 2003. The mission of the 222nd Support Detachment is to provide water storage and distribution in hot and arid environments.

Eight soldiers of Detachment 26, Operational Support Airlift Command entered active federal service on March 3, 2003 and deployed to Ft. Benning, Ga. on March 6, 2003. The unit's mission is to provide fixed wing operational airlift support. The unit operates the C-12 Huron.

Williams said that the soldiers and airmen of the Virginia Army and Air National Guard continue to stand ready to respond to any mission in support of this country's war on terrorism. Williams said the Virginia National Guard is constantly preparing for both its state and federal missions. He said that the soldiers and airmen of the Virginia National Guard represent the very best of Virginia and all citizens of the Commonwealth can be proud of the accomplishments of these citizen soldiers.

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