Sept. 1 , 2010
Soldiers from Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division ordered to mobilize for active duty
By Cotton Puryear
Virginia Dept. of Military Affairs
FORT BELVOIR, Va. — Approximately 72 Soldiers from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard assigned to the Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division have received a mobilization order to enter federal active service Nov. 1 for duty in Afghanistan, according to an announcement made Sept. 1 by Maj. Gen. Frank E. Batts, Sr., the commander of the 29th. The Soldiers will spend several weeks conducting pre-mobilization training at Camp Atterbury, Ind. before deploying to Afghanistan, and the mobilization is expected to last one year.
The Soldiers will be part of the International Security Assistance Force, a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. Their mission will be to resource, facilitate and assess training for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police. Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division will provide subject matter expertise in support of the mission.
The 29th Infantry Division is comprised of Soldiers from the Virginia Army National Guard and the Maryland Army National Guard. Of the Soldiers mobilizing, approximately 48 are from the Virginia National Guard Soldiers and 20 are from the Northern Virginia area, 15 are from the Central Virginia area, seven are from Southwest Virginia, three are from the Hampton Roads area and the remaining are from various locations across the state. Most of the Soldiers from the Maryland National Guard Soldiers are from the Baltimore-Washington area as well as other locations across the state.
Soldiers from the 29th Infantry Division last deployed overseas for peace keeping duty in Kosovo from August 2006 to November 2007.