4 Dec 2003

American Samoan reservists called up for service which may include Iraq

10:32 am on 4 December 2003

Forty American Samoan army reservists have moved a step closer to deployment to Iraq with a mobilization order issued by the Department of Defence yesterday.

Army Reserve spokesman, Lt Col Howard Sugai, says the soldiers will leave in January for three months training at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii where they will join 500 other reservists from the 411th Engineering Battallion.

After their training, they face then face the possibility of 18 months on active service, including at least six months on the ground in Iraq.

Col Sugai says the mobilization is not a guarantee that the reservists will be called up for Iraq, but they will be on active duty and prepared for combat.