Seven more U.S. Army Reserve units, including one from Baltimore, have been activated as a result of the Desert Shield operation in Saudi Arabia.
They were activated Tuesday and must report for duty tomorrow. The units will join 16 others activated Aug. 25 and Sept. 12. They could be sent to the Persian Gulf or assigned to fill in stateside for other units sent overseas.
Most of the units are assigned to transport personnel and supplies. Although they come from several different states, all seven of the newly activated units are attached to the 1st U.S. Army, which is headquartered at Fort Meade. The 1st U.S. Army is responsible for reserve activities in 13 Northeast states and the District of Columbia.
The Baltimore unit consists of 12 people from the 417th Transportation Detachment, according to 1st Army spokeswoman Earl Melvin. Their mission is to supervise civilian ship loaders who work under contract.
The other units called this week are: 298th Transportation Company, Franklin, Pa.; 318th Transportation Movement Control Unit, Jamaica, N.Y.; 324th Adjutant General Unit, Lawrence, Mass.; 329th Quartermaster Detachment, Kingwood, W.Va.; 423rd Medical Detachment, Syracuse, N.Y.; and the 635th Quartermaster Detachment, Farrell, Pa.
Of seven other Maryland units activated in August, only two have been sent to Saudi Arabia, according to Don McClow, a spokesman for Fort Meade. The two units consist of 11 people from the headquarters of the 200th Transportation Corps Battalion, which does port traffic dispatching, and eight people from the 202nd Transportation Corps Battalion, which handles cargo documentation.
Another unit, the 207th Judge Advocate Corps of Washington, is scheduled to be deployed to Saudi Arabia, McClow said. The rest are in various stages of activation, but have yet to be deployed, he said.