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Chris Coose
02-03-2006, 05:51 PM
Guard running out of Mainers to send overseas

"AUGUSTA —The Army National Guard is running out of Mainers to send to Iraq and Afghanistan.

That's according to Maj. Gen. Bill Libby, the top official in the Maine National Guard. He said some 1,600 men and women from virtually every Maine unit have either served overseas or soon will.

Unless the rules change, that means that there are few soldiers left who can be ordered overseas.

That's because there's a 24-month cap on how long citizen soldiers can be ordered into active duty. Guard members may volunteer to go back -- and some Mainers have -- but they can't be forced to go.

Earlier this week, Libby and his counterparts from across the country met with the Army chief of staff.

Libby said he has concerns that the Army might begin cherry-picking new recruits from the guard to create ad-hoc units of soldiers from several states."
Portland Press Herald

They have less than 100 eligeable to go.

StevenBauer
02-03-2006, 08:09 PM
There was a piece in the Press Herald last year about the mail the units from Maine recieved. The got more mail than units from any other state. smile.gif

Steven

Nicholas Carey
02-04-2006, 02:59 PM
Does this mean Maine is checking out of the COW :D :D