160 Marine reservists from Md. heading for North Carolina

February 07, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

About 160 Marine reservists from Maryland are scheduled to leave this morning for North Carolina to prepare for possible deployment, making them the state's first Marine unit called up in the mobilization of U.S. forces for a possible war with Iraq.

Bravo Company of the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion will depart from Fort Detrick and go to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where it may be dispatched to the Middle East.

The company is trained to conduct surveillance and gather information.

There are about 450 Marine reservists in Maryland. About 1,700 Marine reservists have been deployed thus far out of 12,300 nationwide.

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