Tue March 4, 2003
Another 350 Ok. Army National Guard Members Go Active
Oklahoma City, Ok. – Oklahoma already was represented by more than 3,000 Ok. National Guard and Reserve members called to active duty with possible war threatened in Iraq. Now about 350 more Army Guard members have received orders to deploy for repositioning in the global war on terrorism.
Included are some 200 soldiers with the 1345th Transportation Company in Midwest City, about 50 with the 45th Rear Operation Center in Midwest City, and some 100 with the 45th Headquarters Batter in Enid.
Ok. Adjutant General, BG Harry Wyatt III, told KCCU on a recent visit to Lawton that his advisors keep him briefed daily on the strength of the National Guard members remaining in place in the Sooner State and he passes that information along to the governor's office. Wyatt noted Ok. has experienced terrorist activities and natural disasters which have resulted in calls for the guard to serve at home in various capacities.
He said one area of concern has been fighting wildfires as the helicopters the guard has traditionally used to dump water on such blazes have been moved into service in the war on terrorism.