March 3, 2003, 17:17 EST

1031st Engineer and 1710th Transportation Company soldiers ordered to active duty

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the adjutant general of Virginia,
announced that two more Virginia Army National Guard units would enter active federal service in the near future. Approximately 110 soldiers of the 1031st Engineer Company located in Gate City and Pennington Gap, Va. and approximately 165 soldiers of the 1710th Transportation Company located in Manassas and Bowling Green, Va. will enter active federal service on March 15, 2003.

The Virginia Army National Guard soldiers will enter active federal service at their home armory where they will remain until they depart for their mobilization station at Ft. Lee, Va. The soldiers of both units completed pre-mobilization activities at Ft. Pickett, Va. last month.

This mobilization is in support of the United States' homeland security response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. These soldiers will initially be ordered to active federal service for a one-year period. The Secretary of the Army may extend this period an additional 12 months based on operational needs or other requirements. The soldiers' deployment location was not provided. General Williams declined to speculate on what the deployment location may be.

The mission of the 1031st Engineer Company is to provide soldiers and equipment to transport, assemble, disassemble, and maintain engineer bridging. The unit's bridging equipment is transported in dump trucks. These dump trucks can be used to haul material when they are not transporting bridge equipment.

The mission of the 1710th Transportation Company is to transport dry and refrigerated containerized cargo, general non-containerized cargo, and bulk water, and bulk petroleum products.

In addition to participating in routine training 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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