Army National Guard units from North Carolina, Alabama and Florida, providing a total of 171 soldiers, have been notified for call-up for active duty in support of operations in Southwest Asia. This is part of ongoing U.S. and allied military activities in the region and not a result of any new Iraqi military action.
Eighty-two soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 130th Aviation Regiment, Detachment 1, Morrisville, N.C. and 33 from the 1st Battalion, 131st Aviation Regiment, Detachment 1, Montgomery, Ala. are scheduled to be among the first activated in July. Sixteen members from Company E, 111th Aviation Regiment, Detachment 2, Jacksonville, Fla. and 40 members from Company E, 130th Aviation Regiment, Detachment 2, from Salisbury, N.C. are scheduled to follow in August.
The Total Force policy has involved National Guard and Reserve forces with active duty training, equipment and operations for more than 29 years. National Guard, Reserve units and individual Reserve members are organized to provide added force structure for active duty operations.
This activation reflects the increasing reliance being placed on the National Guard and Reserve in the post-Cold War world. The U.S. military Reserve components contributed nearly 13 million mandays of support to missions and operations during Fiscal Year 1997. This is the equivalent of adding roughly 35,000 personnel to the end strength of the active force.
More than 500 members of the National Guard and Reserve are currently serving on active duty in support of military operations in Southwest Asia.