28, 2002, 09:28 EST
and Quartermaster units alerted
BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the Adjutant General of
Virginia, announced that the 189th Engineer Company located in Big Stone
Gap, Va. and the 222nd Quartermaster Detachment located in Staunton,
Va. have been alerted for possible active federal service. If the mobilization
occurs it will affect approximately 120 Virginia soldiers. If the units
are ordered to active duty it will be for a one-year period initially.
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 emphasized
that a mobilization order has not been received and a final decision
to mobilize the units has not been reached. The decision to mobilize
an Army National Guard unit and place it in a federal status occurs
at the Department of Defense in response to the nation's military needs.
He said it is a very dynamic process and is constantly subject to change.
Williams said that these
units are currently conducting sensible planning and making preparations
in the event they are called. He went on to say "The Virginia Army
and Air National Guard is trained, ready, and committed to do whatever
the national command authority deems necessary."
the Virginia National Guard has not received a mobilization order affecting
these units. He pointed out he commanded a Virginia Army National Guard
unit that was mobilized and deployed overseas during Operation Desert
Storm. He said the mobilization date for his unit was changed twice
before the unit actually mobilized. He also pointed out more recently
Virginia National Guard units had been notified of potential deployments
in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom and
those deployments did not take place in all cases. General Williams
would not speculate on whether additional soldiers and airmen of the
Virginia National Guard would be called to active federal service later
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.
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