(By Delegates Kiss, Ennis, Browning, R. M. Thompson,

Manchin and Swartzmiller)

[Introduced March 8, 2003; referred to the

Committee on Rules.]

Supporting West Virginia men and women of the Air and Army National Guard and the Army, Navy and Marine Reserves participating in homeland and international operations.

Whereas, Since the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, members of the West Virginia Air and Army National Guard and the Navy, Army and Marine Reserves have been activated to assist in international and homeland operations; and
Whereas, Nationwide, 176,553 guard and reserve units have been called up to support Operation Noble Eagle, the domestic security campaign and Operation Enduring Freedom, the campaign outside U.S. Borders; and
Whereas, According to the U.S. Department of Defense and state records, Nearly 2,400 West Virginia National Guard and Army and Navy Reserve units are now on active duty; and
Whereas, These units called to active duty include the; 38th Ordnance Ammo Unit, 1092nd Engineer, 130th Airlift Wing, 156th Military Police, 157th Military Police, 167th Airlift Wing, 1863rd Truck Company, 261st Ordnance Company 1 Platoon Medical Lifort, 261st Ordnance Company Detachment 1, 261st Ordnance Company Detachment 2, 2nd Special Forces Battalion 19th Special Forces Group 1st Special Forces, 300th Chemical Company, 304th Military Police, 321st Ordnance Battalion Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 351st Ordnance Company, 363rd Military Police Company, 459th Engineer Company Detachment 3, 459th Engineer Company Heavy Boat, 811th Ordnance Company, Fleet Maintenance Detachment 0202, National Guard Special Operations Detachment 105, Special Operations Detachment 3, Special Operations Detachment E, Special Operations Europe Forward 2 and the State Command National Guard; and
HEREAS , Four more units have recently been given their mobilization orders to be deployed on March 15th - - those being the; 111th Engineer Group (88 troops), 119th Engineer Company (159 troops), 152nd Military Police Detachment (45 troops)and the 1257th Transportation Company (167 troops). 459 additional soldiers in total; and
WHEREAS, Currently, two more units (557 troops) are poised to be placed on active duty; and
Whereas, The dedication and sacrifices which these men and women are exercising in this ongoing effort will never be forgotten; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the West Virginia House of Delegates does hereby support the West Virginia men and women in the Air and Army National Guard and the Army, Navy and Marine Reserves who are participating in homeland and international operations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House is hereby directed to forward a copy of this Resolution to the Governor, the Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Adjutant General of the West Virginia National Guard.