More than 300 in Md. Guard, 40 reserves to be deployed to Aberdeen

February 13, 2003|By Liz F. Kay | Liz F. Kay,SUN STAFF

More than 300 members of two Maryland National Guard units and 40 members of an Army Reserve unit have received mobilization orders and will soon deploy to Aberdeen Proving Ground, guard officials said.

The 115th Military Police Battalion, Headquarters and Headquarters Company in Salisbury and the 1229th Transportation Company in Crisfield, Somerset County, are being mobilized for one year, Maj. Charles S. Kohler, public affairs officer for the Maryland National Guard, said yesterday.

Both have experience that made them likely to be mobilized and sent to the Middle East, he said.

The 115th Military Police Battalion served for nine months after the Sept. 11 attacks, providing crime scene security at the Pentagon for two weeks immediately after the attack. For six months, they also provided logistical support and guarded al-Qaida and Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

From November 1990 to May 1991, the 1229th transported ammunition and supplies to troops on the front line as part of operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

"It was not a surprise to us that they were mobilized, due to the 115th's success in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the 1229th's in Desert Storm/Desert Shield," Kohler said. "Both performed in an outstanding manner and brought great pride to the Maryland National Guard."

He added that members of the 115th also served during Desert Storm as part of other military police companies also from Salisbury. From 1990 to 1991, they guarded 75,000 Iraqi prisoners in Saudi Arabia.

About 3,000 of Maryland's 8,000 citizen-soldiers have been called up since Sept. 11, 2001, Kohler said.

An Army Reserve unit based in Gaithersburg also has been mobilized. More than 40 soldiers from the 99th regional support command's 220th Military Police Brigade will leave Monday for Aberdeen Proving Ground.

The brigade provides services including command and control of military police, law enforcement support and security.

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