Originally created 03/04/03

Georgia Air National Guard unit called up for Gulf duty

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- About 250 citizen-soldiers of the Georgia Air National Guard have been called up for deployment to the Persian Gulf region and a possible showdown with Iraq.

The activated guardsmen are members of the 165th Airlift Wing, a Savannah-based unit of about 1,000 soldiers. Georgia Guard officials said Monday their departure is imminent, but gave no specific dates.

The 165th specializes in transporting troops and military cargo. The unit flies eight C-130 cargo planes capable of flying around the world.

The unit has flown combat missions in Vietnam and during Operation Desert Storm. But this is the unit's first formal activation by the president since the Korean War in 1950.


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