Monday, March 07, 2005

Michael: Arizona National Guard and Reserve Deployments

This information has been updated on November 23, 2005. Please click thru to the update as the information in this post is now outdated.

The Bush Administration has instituted particularly under-handed policies to maintain troop strength. The Pentagon has issued "stop-loss" orders, under which soldiers whose units are deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan must serve the entire 12 months overseas, plus an additional 90 days, regardless of when their term of enlistment ends. In some cases, soldiers have been notified of their new deployments as little as two days before they were to have left the military. This is conscription without a draft; soldiers are performing active duty they never volunteered to serve.

The stop-loss orders attempt to make up for a lack of planning, foresight, and judgment by both the Pentagon and the White House in asking those already sacrificing in the line of volunteer duty to carry yet more of the load. Their disregard for the men and women in uniform will only compound those errors and problems -- a volunteer army pushed too far will simply walk away. In the interest of short-term, and politically motivated objectives, this Administration is destroying the trust between citizen and government which is the foundation of the volunteer army.

As of today, the total National Guard and Reserve personnel on active duty is 184,481, including both units and individual augmentees. The Arizona units on active duty, from a military file release listing all active reserve units, includes the following units (individual augmentees are not listed or counted), composed of a total of 1,374 of our fellow citizens, down from 1,401 last June:

Unit
Location
Reserve Force


159 FI DET
BELLEMONT AZ
Army National Guard

104 REGT 5 BN DET 8
FORT HUACHUCA AZ
Army Reserve

285 AV BN 01 HHC FWD
MARANA AZ
Army National Guard

WESTERN ARNG AV TNG FWD, AZ
MARANA AZ
Army National Guard

WESTERN ARNG AV TNG FWD2
MARANA AZ
Army National Guard

164 SPT GRP DET 2
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

180 FA BN 01 HHB 155 SP FWD2
MESA AZ
Army National Guard

491 MP CO GUARD
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

6253 USAH DET 4
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

180 FA BN 01 HHB 155 SP FWD
MESA AZ
Army National Guard

877 AG CO HQ PLT
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

877 AG CO PLT1
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

123 PI DET MOBILE
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

123 PI DET MOBILE FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

140 AV CO DET 1 CO D FWD 2
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

158 CS HHD BN CORPS SPT
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

160 FI DET
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

180 FA BN 02 FA BN FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

180 FA BN 02 FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

180 FA BN 02 HHS FWD2
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

189 AV BN 01 CO C
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

257 EN TM EQUIP OP
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

258 EN CO
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

3666 OD CO MAINT NONDIV DS
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

368 MI BN DET 18
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

385 AV HHC ATK REG FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

385 AV HHC ATK REG FWD3
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

860 MP CO CBT SPT FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

860 MP CO COMBAT SUPPORT
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

870 TC TM MOV CON TM
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

974 TC TM MOV CON HWY REG
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

AZ ARNG REC RET FWD3
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZ OP SPT AIRLIFORT DET 31
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD6
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD8
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELEMENT, JF HQ FWD 7
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

DET 1, 225 MP CID
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

DET 2 10 BN 104 REGT
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

180 FA BN 02 FA BN 155M FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

356 SC CO HVY TROPO FW
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZ DET 4 MED DET FWD 161
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

484 TC BN HHD MOTOR TRANS
SGT BARNES RC AZ
Army Reserve

208 TC CO MDM TK PLS
TUCSON AZ
Army Reserve

852 HQ CORPS RAOC
TUCSON AZ
Army National Guard

When it comes to the lives of our fellow citizens, there are no politics. We wish them safety, health, and quick return to their civilian lives and families. We pray they are not forced to choose between conscience and duty.

Godspeed, brothers and sisters.

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