7 Feb 2006

US military looking to Pacific for more troops for Iraq

9:17 pm on 7 February 2006

A US military official has hinted that there are plans to send more army reservists from the US Pacific territories to Iraq this year.

Brigadier General John Ma, the head of the Army Reserve in the Pacific, says the Pacific Command is preparing to send another deployment to Iraq.

He was speaking at welcome home ceremonies for army reservists from the Northern Marianas who finished their year long tour last month.

Brigadier General Ma says they intend to call up reservists who had not been deployed and returning soldiers who want to volunteer.

He says they are looking at sending another 128 soldiers with most of the unit from Hawaii but they are looking to fill other slots with reservists from the other Pacific territories.