- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2001

Members of the D.C. National Guard are among the latest of the region's part-time soldiers to be called into active duty as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, finalizing their wills and receiving anti-terrorism training this week.
Twenty-five D.C. Guardsmen primarily senior officers will be stationed in National Guard and Army operational centers around the country in the coming days. Some likely will be kept in the area.
There is, however, the possibility of deployment overseas, said Lt. Col. Phyllis Phipps-Barnes.
Each will serve one year of active duty, with the option for a second year.
"It feels good to be available," said Maj. Mark Wellman, 41, a Guardsman and chief of staff for Rep. Paul E. Gillmor, Ohio Republican. "I guess the taxpayers have been paying for me for 13 years, so it's time they get something back."
Maj. Robin Jackson of Northern Virginia is leaving behind her 15-month-old twins, Wesley and Clinton. They will be left in the care of her husband and mother.
"It's part of serving in the Army," said Maj. Jackson, 37, a senior systems engineer for Lockheed Martin. "There's always the mother part that kicks in, but I made a commitment to serve my country a long time ago."
Family and friends will say their goodbyes to the 25 D.C. National Guardsmen at the D.C. Armory tomorrow.
President Bush, in the wake of attacks on Washington and New York, has authorized putting as many as 50,000 reservists and National Guard members on active duty, mostly to serve within the United States.
They will maintain air defenses, check shipping in ports, help military with airlifts and logistics and serve as military police, among other duties.
The Pentagon yesterday called up more than 600 Army reservists, including 12 military police officers from the 5115th Garrison Support Unit out of Odenton, Md. That brings the number of active National Guardsmen and reservists to more than 16,200.
Among them are 100 Virginians aviators from the Air National Guard's 192nd Fighter Wing who are being deployed in the war on terrorism.
Lt. Col. Chester C. Carter III of the Virginia National Guard said the aviators will take part in a "homeland defense mission."
Also yesterday, Virginia Gov. James S. Gilmore III and Maryland Gov. Parris N. Glendening announced they will send Guardsmen to airports to provide more security.
Mr. Bush has requested that states keep National Guard troops at airports until better security is in place. The soldiers, after receiving Federal Aviation Administration training, are to serve up to six months.
Neither governor indicated how many troops will be posted at airports such as Washington Dulles International and Baltimore-Washington International.
Meanwhile, 50 to 60 Guardsmen serving as military police have been stationed at military facilities throughout Virginia, including Fort Pickett in Blackstone.
In addition, six chaplains and assistants are working in support of the efforts at the Pentagon.
More than 200 military police officers from the Maryland National Guard are stationed at the Pentagon, according to Lt. Barbara Maher. About a dozen members of the air-traffic control group also are there.
Forty-seven members of the Air Force Reserve's 459th Security Forces Squadron out of Camp Springs have been called up.
That group includes a counterterrorism and airport-security team whose members are brought aboard Air Force aircraft for international flights into potentially dangerous areas.
Officials have not revealed their mission.
About 450 Virginia National Guard soldiers and 300 Maryland National Guard soldiers already have been deployed for a previously scheduled peacekeeping mission in Tuzla, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The soldiers, part of a larger U.S. task force, have been leaving throughout the month and will remain overseas for six months.
At least one prominent Maryland resident, Montgomery County police Chief Charles A. Moose, is a major in the D.C. Air National Guard. But a police spokesman said the chief has received no deployment orders.
Chief Moose works at Andrews Air Force Base five days a week, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. During the day, he resumes his police duties.

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