Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Michael: Arizona's Guard and Reserve Units

The Bush Executive has instituted desperate policies to maintain troop strength. The Pentagon has issued "stop-loss" orders, under which soldiers whose contractual enlistment has ended or is about to end are ordered to remain in service, often being returned to operational zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan for additional service. Many have called this conscription without a draft; soldiers are performing active duty they never volunteered to serve, imposing serve hardships on the troops and their families and degrading the morale of the troops.

The stop-loss orders attempt to make up for a lack of planning, foresight, and judgment by both the Pentagon and the White House, asking those already sacrificing in the line of volunteer duty to sacrifice yet more to cover for their bad leadership and poor judgment. Our leaders’ disregard for the men and women in uniform will only compound their errors and failures -- 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 that is the foundation of the volunteer army and of democratic rule itself.

This Administration has also called up many soldiers in the Individual Ready Reserve. These are soldiers who are no longer active duty, but have agreed to be called back to service when their nation needs them. These citizens are being ripped from their job, family, and community commitments to fight Bush’s war of choice. Many of these citizens, years out of service, are given only minimal additional training and preparation before being thrown back into combat situations. No wonder that many are simply ignoring these orders – and the Pentagon is quietly ignoring these legal desertions so as not to draw attention to this abuse of these citizens’ patriotic commitments.

Of course, most soldiers serving with reserve units are not serving under stop loss and are not IRR. The Guards represent a proud and vital tradition of citizen-soldiery that is a vital link between the civilian world and our increasingly professionalized armed forces. Embedding vital functions of warfighting in the reserves was a conscious choice by General Abrams adopted after Vietnam. It is one of the few remaining restraints on the President's war powers that the reserves must be mobilized in any major conflict - neccessitating maintenance of public support to keep the military in the field for any length of time.

The tripwire that General Abrams set to stop another Vietnam has been triggered. Bush's policies in Iraq are quickly turning our reserves into a broken force; and that is by design. President Bush has lost public support for the mission in Iraq. If he continues to 'stay the course' despite broad public consensus that he's headed for a cliff, the reserves will come apart at the seams.

As of today, the total National Guard and Reserve personnel on active duty is 148,617, 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 1,121 of our fellow citizens, down from 1,374 last March.

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

159 FI DET
BELLEMONT AZ
Army National Guard

2222 TC CO MDM TRUCK POL FWD
DOUGLAS AZ
Army National Guard

5 MI BN 104 RGT DET 3
FT HUACHUCA AZ
Army Reserve

111 MD BN CO C FWD 2
GLENDALE AZ
Army National Guard

111 MED BN CO C FWD AZ
GLENDALE AZ
Army National Guard

WESTERN ARNG AV TNG FWD 4
MARANA AZ
Army National Guard

WESTERN ARNG AV TNG FWD2
MARANA AZ
Army National Guard

WESTERN ARNG AV TNG FWD3
MARANA AZ
Army National Guard

164 CS GRP HHC SPT GRP DET 3
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

164 SPT GRP DET 2
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

180 FA BN 01 155 SP FWD 8
MESA AZ
Army National Guard

180 FA BN 01 155 SPFWD 4
MESA AZ
Army National Guard

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

180 FA BN 01 HHB 155 SP FWD 3
MESA AZ
Army National Guard

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

180 FA BN 01 HHB 155 SP FWD7
MESA AZ
Army National Guard

356 LS 3 BN DET 5
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

877 AG CO HQ PLT
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

877 AG CO PLT1
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

DET 20 6253 RC BDC
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

DET 21 6253 RC BDC
MESA AZ
Army Reserve

123 PI DET MOBILE
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

123 PI DET MOBILE FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

153 FA HHB BDE
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

153 FA HHB BDE FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

158 CS HHD BN CORPS SPT
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

180 FA BN 02 FA BN 155M FWD
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

225 MP DET CID HQ CELL DET 4
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

225 MP DET DET 2
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

285 AV CO CO G FWD 2
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

301 MI BN THTR SPT WEST DET 1
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

301 MI BN THTR SPT WEST DET 2
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

356 SC CO HVY TROPO FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

363 DT HHD 01 BN CS CSSAUG DET 1
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

385 AV HHC ATK REG FWD 6
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

385 AV HHC ATK REGIMENT FWD 4
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

484 TC BN HHD MOTOR TRANS
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

492 CA BN
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

539 MP DET LAW AND ORDER
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

860 MP CO CBT SPT FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

860 MP CO COMBAT SUPPORT
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

974 TC TM MOV CON HWY REG
PHOENIX AZ
Army Reserve

982ND TRP CMD DET FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZ ARNG REC RET DET FWD
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZ ARNG REC RET FWD3
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZ DET 04 MED DET FWD302
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

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

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD 10 AZ
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD 13
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD 14
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD 15
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD11
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD12
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD8
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

AZARNG ELE JFHQ FWD9
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

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

HQ 158TH REGT (RTI) FWD 2
PHOENIX AZ
Army National Guard

5TH BN MI 104TH RGT DET 4
SIERRA VISTA AZ
Army Reserve

7220 USA MED SPT DET 5
TUCSON AZ
Army Reserve

7220 USA MED SPT DET 6
TUCSON AZ
Army Reserve

7220 USA MED SPT DET 7
TUCSON AZ
Army Reserve

7 Comments:

At 11:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

posting all this information 'at your will' is bs. learn what opsec means and try and do us all a favor; then maybe we'll get the opportunity to come home, no thanks to you.
-USAR soldier

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger Michael said...

Soldier,

I am well aware what opec means, and this isn't it. I would not post this information if it weren't already openly available on the Pentagon's own website. There it is in a PDF file, however, making it hard for families and soldiers to find because search engines can't crawl it.

By placing it here, I make this public information more accessable to those who wish to use it - the families and friends of those deploying.

 
At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any GOOD soldier knew when they raised their hand to swear an oath to the United States that they may be called on to serve in a war, wheather for it or against it. I made that decision in 1984 and STILL serve in the Army Reserves. I deployed to Baghdad in 2003 and was proud to go. My deployment was not without sacrifice. I am only one of thousands of reservists who have done the very same things and sacrificed much so you can disagree with our President and Congress. I say "your welcome". Enjoy your freedom and realize that statements like, "I only joined for the college money" and "I never volunteered to be on active duty" are just whining and complaining by someone who tried to get something for nothing. They wanted to give three years of weekend drills and in return gain the GI Bill and job training. Some might have also gotten a high level security clearance at government expense. So to them I say, DO YOUR JOB! Remember the soldier's creed? "I serve the people of the United States and live the Army values." Nobody forced you to take a chance on your future. If you weren't ready to be a grown-up, you shouldn't have signed the contract!
G.A. Russell

 
At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just want to say "hoo-rah" to GA Russell. You hit the nail right on the head & I could not have put it better myself! I took my oath June 1992 & am STILL in the reserves. I remember why I did it & continue to do my job. Thank you for speaking up & for a lack of better words.. I SALUTE YOU!
LG ;0)

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you have returned from your duty overseas and are looking to serve as a 35M instructor at Ft. Huachuca, please give me a call.
(520)227-2242. Over one third of my successful team of instructors are USNG/USAR. Let me now if you wish to join us and continue serving as a civilian. We honor all your drills and ATs. It's a pleasure to serve those who serve.

 
At 10:08 PM, Blogger Reaper41860 said...

I was with 860th lost some damn good men during and after war to suicide. I am proud to have kicked some ass over ther but apparenytley NOT enough. Memorial day is everyday for some of us. I am proud to have served with and fought with the finest call sign Reaper41 you know me!!!!!!!!!!!! pale horse,,,,death follows...

 
At 8:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was with 860th lost some damn good men during and after war to suicide. I am proud to have kicked some ass over ther but apparenytley NOT enough. Memorial day is everyday for some of us. I am proud to have served with and fought with the finest call sign Reaper41 you know me!!!!!!!!!!!! pale horse,,,,death follows...

This guy is hardcore. the 860th is an MP unit. basically his tour was probably convoy security. lame

 

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