June 18, 2006

Virginia Guard Soldiers ordered to duty for KFOR mission

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced that approximately 488 Soldiers of the Virginia Army National Guard will enter active federal service at their home armories beginning on July 17, 2006.  The Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers are currently scheduled to travel to their mobilization station, Camp Atterbury, Ind. after a short period of duty at their home armories.  Units affected by this mobilization are:

UNIT

# OF SOLDIERS

HOMETOWN

HHC, 29th Division

170

Fort Belvoir

HHC, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry

38

Lynchburg

Co B, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry

95

Lexington & Clifton Forge

Co C, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry

95

Christiansburg & Radford

Co D, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry

66

Pulaski

Co E, 429th CS Battalion

24

Roanoke

These Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers are being ordered to active federal service for 18 months beginning July 17, 2006 in support of the NATO Kosovo Force (KFOR) mission.  The Secretary of the Army may extend this period up to a total of 24 months based on operational needs or other requirements.

According to the Kosovo Force (KFOR) web site http://www.nato.int/kfor/:

  • The Kosovo Force (KFOR) is a NATO-led international force responsible for establishing and maintaining security in Kosovo.  This peace-enforcement force entered Kosovo on 12 June 1999 under a United Nations mandate, two days after the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1244.
  • The objectives of KFOR are to establish and maintain a secure environment in Kosovo, including public safety and order; to monitor, verify and when necessary, enforce compliance with the agreements that ended the conflict; and to provide assistance to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
  • KFOR contingents are grouped into four Multi-National Task Forces. Although Multi-National Task Forces are responsible for a specific area of operations, they all fall under a single chain of command under the authority of Commander KFOR. 
  • This means that all national contingents pursue the same objective, which is to maintain a secure environment in Kosovo. They do so with professionalism and in an even-handed manner towards all ethnic groups.

The Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers will support the Multi-National Task Force East.  According to the KFOR web site:

  • Multi-National Task Force East conducts peace support operations in its AOR (Area of Responsibility).
  • Maintains a safe and secure environment.
  • Provides support within capabilities to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and monitors, verifies, and when necessary, enforces the Statement of Principles for the KPC (Kosovo Protection Corps) and FRY (Former Republic of Yugoslavia) forces' compliance with the MTA (Military Technical Agreement) to enable the establishment of a stable environment.
  • Transitions responsibility to appropriate civil organizations and eventually to local civilian leadership enabling KFOR forces to withdraw.

 


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