Sept. 11, 2009

Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company ordered to active duty

By Maj. Cotton Puryear
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia National Guard’s Gate City-based 1032nd Transportation Company has received a mobilization order to enter federal active duty on March 19, 2010, according to an announcement made Sept. 11 by Maj. Gen. Robert. B. Newman, Jr., the Adjutant General of Virginia. Newman said that approximately 170 Soldiers are scheduled to conduct mobilization training for approximately 45 to 60 days at Fort Dix, New Jersey, then deploy to Afghanistan where they are expected to perform the mission of providing convoy security. The mobilization is planned to last 12 months.

“This latest mobilization of a Virginia Guard unit is another example of how our Soldiers are being assigned some of the Army’s toughest and most challenging missions,” Newman said. “I am confident our Soldiers are ready for the challenge and will make a positive impact on the important mission in Afghanistan.”

The company is currently trained and organized as a heavy cargo transportation company, but they will be trained and equipped for convoy security operations in Afghanistan, explained Capt. Jessicah Garrett, commander of the 1032nd.

“We will be trained and equipped similar to a military police company,” Garrett said. “Our Soldiers and leaders are very familiar with convoy security operations, and with the additional training and equipment we are going to receive for the mission, I am sure we will be ready.”

While headquartered in Gate City, the 1032nd is made up of Soldiers from all over the state. Approximately 140 Soldiers are from the Southwest Virginia and Roanoke area, about 20 are from the Hampton Roads area, two are from the Richmond area and the other Soldiers are from various locations across the state.

The 1032nd Transportation Company last served on active duty in Iraq from March 2003 to April 2004. The unit logged more than two million miles hauling cargo over some of the most dangerous roads in Iraq.

The mobilization orders call for an active duty period not to exceed 400 days, but the Secretary of Defense can extend tours for operational needs not to exceed 24 months or 730 days.

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