Army Calling Up 700 National Guardsmen
The Army is calling up about 700 members of the California National Guard. That includes a unit from the Central Valley, but military officials will disclose few details of their mission.
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
About 200 soldiers from the Modesto-based Headquarters Company of the First-184th Infantry Battalion and 40 members of the unit’s Oakdale based Delta Company are being called up. California National Guard spokesman, Lieutenant Jonathan Shiroma says the soldiers will be deployed for training next week. SHIROMA :15—They will report to a base within the United States to enhance their training in their specific fields. After that is completed sometime maybe in the first part of the new year they will actually be going into the theatre of war where they will attach themselves to the active army. Shiroma said he couldn’t be more specific about the assignment, but indicated the length of the tour could be as long as 18 months. Two members of the battalion who were contacted said they could not comment on the orders or the mission. One of the soldiers would only say they’ve been instructed by their superiors not to even tell their family or friends where they’re going. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.