July 10, 2002, 07:30 EDT

Army Guard units to mobilize

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia, announced that a Department of the Army mobilization order was received by the Virginia Army National Guard yesterday that will place the 1st Battalion, 246th Field Artillery and Battery E, 111th Field Artillery on active federal service. The 246th Field Artillery has units located in Danville, Martinsville, Chatham and South Boston, Va. Battery E, 111th Field Artillery is located in Sandston, Va.

The units are being ordered to active federal service in response to terrorist activity on September 11, 2001 to support the homeland defense mission known as Operation Noble Eagle. The Virginia Army National Guard soldiers assigned to the 246th Field Artillery and Battery E, 111th Field Artillery will be ordered to active federal service on August 1, 2002 for a period of one year. The Virginia Army National Guard soldiers will travel from their home armories to Ft., Dix, New Jersey in early August. The soldiers will receive their duty assignments after a short training period at Ft. Dix.

Prior to entering active federal service, soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 246th Field Artillery will undergo administrative processing and preparation for mobilization at the Virginia National Guard armory located in Danville. Battery E, 111th Field Artillery will undergo administrative processing in Sandston, Va. This processing will begin on July 13, 2002.
The 246th Field Artillery was last ordered to active federal service in May 1951 as a part of the Korean War mobilization. The unit served in an active federal status until March 1955. While in an active federal status the unit saw service at Ft. Polk, LA; Ft. Benning, GA; and Ft. Campbell, KY.

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