FORT MEADE — WASHINGTON -- In response to the increasing number of requests from family members for details of when they can expect the return of reservists deployed for Operation Desert Storm, Representative Beverly B.Byron, D-6th, has sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney asking him to publish a return schedule for reservists.
She also asked the secretary to include an explanation of why some units must serve longer.
Byron said her district offices have received numerous calls for information about the return of reservists.
She said her subcommittee also has received dozens of similar requests prompting her letterto Cheney, as well as an April 18 subcommittee hearing on the problem.
"The support missions of some reserve units are so important tothe military mission that they may be among the last units to leave the Persian Gulf," Byron said. "I understand that, and I think reservists families can understand that, too.
"But the problem is that our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines as well as their families are not being told which units have to stay activated, when they will return home, or why they must remain deployed and on active duty for so long. I think the Defense Department needs to resolve the uncertainty and publish a redeployment schedule.
"We've asked a lot of everyone who was called to serve in Desert Storm, but active duty personnel have been largely spared the hardships experienced by most reservists. We are asking that the demobilization decision process take thatinto account."
She also noted that with the cost estimates of retaining the current level of activated reserve forces running in excess of $10 million per day, it makes fiscal sense to return as many reservists as possible.
CENTER SHIPS OUTERWEAR
NEW WINDSOR -- The NewWindsor Service Center packed 53,160 pounds of clothing Sunday for shipment to the Kurds stranded in Turkish refuge camps.
Two 45-footcontainers were filled with men's and women's outerwear. The containers were to be airlifted to Turkey.
The clothing should arrive in Turkey today, said Terri Meushaw, spokeswoman for the center.
TWO COUNTIANS ARE HOME
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FORT MEADE -- Two Carroll countians were among the 115 soldiers of the 290th Military Police Company who marched into the Gaffney Sports Arena in Anne Arundel County in their desert camouflage fatigues and sand-colored boots for a welcome home Monday evening.
Spcs. Bridget Novak and Laura Clark were greeted by Gov. William Donald Schaefer and the Guard's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. James F. Fretterd.
"I just didn't think this day would come," said Novak, a Westminster secretary who, along with her Towson, Baltimore County-based unit, boarded a plane for Saudi Arabia inearly December.
Sunburned from the desert sun, the 28-year-old held her 4-year-old son, David, in her right arm and tucked a third bouquet of roses under her left arm.
Doris Blottenberger, Clark's grandmother, said, "I haven't slept all week; I just (had) anxiety."
BABIES GROW TO BOYS
SYKESVILLE -- When Warrant Officer 1 Anthony "Shane" Kram returned to the United States, he was greeted by two people he almost didn't recognize.
His twins, Jason and Benjamin, had grown from infants to toddlers during the seven months Kram was deployed to the gulf.
Both boys had celebrated their first words, steps and birthdays while their father was gone.
The South Carroll High grad -- a pilot on one of the Army's AH1 Cobra attack helicopters -- returned to Carroll Friday, visiting his wife Alison's family here.
He was greeted by family, friends, county veterans and Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown at a party for the officer.
When Kram departed to the Middle East in September, his wife -- also a South Carroll graduate -- brought their children here to spendthe months with the support of her parents, sisters and longtime friends.
Photographs and videotapes kept Kram updated on his family'schanges. Tapes made by Kram with a video camera sent by Kram's cousin Ralph Picarella of Walkersville, Frederick County, assured the family that he was safe.
The family will return to his base at Fort Campbell, Ky., on May 10.
CAPTION: ANTHONY "SHANE" KRAM
Greeted by his twin sons
MILITARY MAN MARRIES
SYKESVILLE -- After eight months and three proposals, Staff Sgt. B. Scott Jeznach's wish finally came true.
The Army Airborne paratrooper and his fiancee Cheryl Johnson were married Saturday at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church.
Rapidly deployed from his Fort Bragg, N.C. base on Aug. 14, Jeznach and Johnson only had 12 hours to prepare for his departure.
While he proposed to his future bride in a TV interview as he was leaving, Johnson never saw it.
So,Jeznach tried again in a phone call Dec. 26. But because he only said they should "think" about getting married, Johnson didn't think Jeznach was serious.