Ohio Military Troops To Likely Stay For Year

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Wednesday, June 4, 2003 - 08:21 AM
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Military officials say most Ohioans activated for a year for duty in Iraq will remain on duty for a year, even though the war lasted only six weeks. There are a few exceptions involving Ohio units that completed their missions or never started them. But for most military reservists and National Guard members activated, their 365-day orders stand. Officials point out that, although the fighting is largely over, the work for Ohio’s troops isn’t because many are in maintenance, supply, transportation and other supporting roles. About 5000 Ohio reservists and guard members remain mobilized for the war effort. Officials say only several hundred are home for good. Of the army reservist’s 24 units that were activated from Ohio, two are back, and that’s because neither made it overseas.

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