More Reserve units placed on alert

Wednesday, November 19th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Two more Oklahoma Army Reserve units expect to be mobilized next month and a third is on standby for possible deployment in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The three units _ the 841st Adjutant General Company, based in Tulsa; the 485th Quartermaster Company, based in Ada; and headquarters of the 353rd Engineer Group, based in Oklahoma City _ have been placed on alert, a Reserve spokesman said Tuesday.

About 120 troops in the 485th and about 80 members of the 353rd have mobilization orders to go to Fort Sill on Dec. 10, said Bob Williams of the 90th Regional Readiness Command.

Another 60 soldiers from the 841st, a postal unit, had been alerted and were awaiting mobilization orders, he said.

The 90th Command covers Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. About 6,300 members of its 17,000 troops are now on active duty, Williams said.

Williams said the mobilizations were believed to be in connection with Operation Iraqi Freedom, but no final orders have been issued by the Defense Department.

On Monday, the Reserve announced that 180 other Oklahoma-based troops had been activated.

They included 123 members of the 172nd Support Group, based in Broken Arrow, and 57 members of the 319th Corps Support Battalion, based in Miami.