VIRGINIA BEACH-About 70 Va. Beach-based National Guard soldiers are being called to active duty.
The 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group will serve in Kuwait next year as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Thursday's mobilization order says the soldiers will begin serving on federal active duty June 19, 2014. Initially, they'll report to Fort Hood, Texas for training before heading overseas. They'll provide logistical support providing maintenance, food service, fueling, personnel and cargo transportation and medical support for U.S. forces and their allies.
Most of the Soldiers in the unit are from Hampton Roads. About 10 are from Richmond area, approximately 10 are from the southwest Virginia area and about 5 are from the Northern Virginia area, the Virginia National Guard said.
'We've been working hard to assemble and train our team in preparation for this deployment,' said Maj. Michael Waterman, the commander of the 529th CSSB. 'We're excited about the challenge of the mission and the opportunity to provide logistics support in Kuwait. We have a very experienced and enthusiastic team and I'm confident we'll be prepared and will excel in the challenges that we'll face.'
The mobilization orders call for an active-duty period not to exceed 400 days, but the Secretary of Defense can extend tours for operational needs not to exceed 24 months or 730 days, officials stated.