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RE: National Guard
When people denigrate the National Guard service of Bush or Quayle I always
told them to tell Ted Williams that National Guard service was draft
[mailto:owner-KOREAN-WAR-L@listproc.cc.ku.edu]On Behalf Of Mike Yared
Sent: Wednesday, April 02, 2003 9:27 AM
Subject: National Guard
A Very Long Weekend: The Army National Guard in Korea,
By William Berebitsky
The White Mane Publishing Company, Inc., P.O. Box 152,
Shippensburg, PA 17257. Copyright 1996.
mentioned 43 NAtional Guard units. Were they all from
the 40th and 45th Infantry Divisions?
National Guard deployment highest since Korea
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published April 2, 2003
The National Guard was once thought of as weekend
warriors, but is now seeing its largest deployment
since the Korean War with nearly one-quarter of its
troops serving overseas.
In addition to new deployments to Iraq, nearly
100,000 Guard members are serving in Afghanistan,
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Sinai Peninsula and
"They're scattered all over the place," said John
Goheen, spokesman for the National Guard Association
of the United States. "They are not sleeping at home
any more. They have left their jobs and their families
to go around the world on active duty."
That leaves more than 300,000 to guard the home
front, and 40,000 have already been alerted that they
may soon mobilize, but most states have plenty of
forces available for homeland security, Mr. Goheen
Though the war against terrorism has caused
relatively few casualties in total, the two Guardsmen
who have died in it were killed under high-profile
Maj. Gregory Stone, 40, of Boise, Idaho, was the
first casualty of the National Guard and died on March
22. He was killed, reportedly by an American Muslim
soldier who is said to have thrown a grenade into his
tent at Camp Pennsylvania, Kuwait. Maj. Stone was
assigned to the 124th Air Support Operations Squadron
and was serving as an air-liaison officer with ground
On Saturday, 24-year-old Staff Sgt. Jacob L.
Frazier of St. Charles, Ill., who was assigned to the
169th Air Support Operations Squadron, was killed in
an ambush in Afghanistan.
As many as 1 million Guard members and reservists
can now be called to serve two years under an order
President Bush signed just days after the September 11
terrorist attacks. However, Mr. Goheen said the
Defense Department wants to avoid long periods of
As of March 26, according to the Pentagon, nearly
217,000 Guard members and reservists have been
activated to serve at home and abroad: more than
150,000 Army National Guard and Army Reserve members,
33,000 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve
members, nearly 10,000 naval reservists, 20,000 Marine
Corps reservists and 4,000 Coast Guard reservists.
A Defense Department spokesman said deployment is
in a "fluid process" and could not give the total
number of Guard members and reservists deployed
In addition to overseas duties, 4,000 of New
York's 17,000 Guard members and 7,000 militia are
helping to guard bridges, tunnels, train stations,
subways, international airports, nuclear-power
facilities and the Canadian border, spokesman Scott
In California, the National Guard is on its
second rotation since the terrorist attacks guarding
such high-profile landmarks as the Golden Gate Bridge
and international airports, Capt. Denise Varner said.
"Their attitudes are still so wonderful, they are
so patriotic and believe [in] what they are doing and
not blinking an eye," Capt. Varner said.
When Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge raised
the terrorist alert from elevated (yellow) to high
(orange) on March 17, he urged governors to call in
the Guard for extra protection.
Ordinarily, governors call up the Guard for their
states to handle disasters or emergencies, and Mr.
Ridge said he wishes to respect that custom.
At least 13 governors have declined to call up
their state's Guard units.
Democratic Washington Gov. Gary Locke has been
critical of the administration for not giving his
state nearly a billion dollars he says is needed to
fund homeland-security measures, but said funding is
not the reason he declined to deploy troops for added
"I made it very clear we will spend the money and
whatever is needed to take care of security needs here
at home," Mr. Locke said yesterday.
"I'm not reluctant to deploy and cover the costs
of everything on a case by case basis, but given the
classified information from the Homeland Security
Department and other federal agencies ... there were
no specific targets of people, places or installations
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