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More Reserves Called Up

Aired September 25, 2001 - 15:20   ET

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JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: Quickly to the Pentagon where Bob Franken has some breaking news -- Bob.

BOB FRANKEN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Another of the increments in the Reserve call-up duty. As you know 35,000 are about to be called up or have been called up. We have seen 10,000 or that have been so specified. Now we have a new list which includes nearly 2,000 more, four of the units are from the state of Alabama, all air national guard units. All together, there are 18 states that are specified.

But there is another category and it is the largest one which says from various locations. That is individual security and law enforcement augmentees. That is how they are described. They come from the Naval Reserve. We are told that these are the units that will help local law enforcement and guide vital areas, locations that kind of thing. That is what they'll be used for.

There is another unit from Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, an Army Reserve unit which is called the 311th quartermaster company. It deals in mortuary affairs. And that will included 190 who are being called from there. As I said, altogether, 18 states are specified and others from around the country brings to now about 12,000 to 35,000 Reservists and National Guard people who are being called up to supplement for the homeland defense as we have heard many times, the mobilization that is going on with the military right now -- Judy.

WOODRUFF: To clarify, this is about 2,000 more reservists being called up, some from the Air National Guard, some the Naval Reserves.

FRANKEN: And the Army National Guard and the Army Reserves. So, they are spreading out just a little bit with the service branches that they are calling, most of them the emphasis has been on the Air Reserve and the Air National Guard but we had pointed out much earlier that it would go through the whole spectrum of the military including the Coast Guard.

WOODRUFF: And again, just to recap the kind of jobs they are being called on to do, you described it partly as individual security and law enforcement?

FRANKEN: There is a variety of things. There are community communications groups I'm trying to say. There are a variety of augmentations of local officials. There is intelligence. We see security forces squadron from Wrightstown, New Jersey. It's the type of unit we have seen before spread out now among some of the other branches of the service.

WOODRUFF: Bob Franken from the Pentagon with latest on more reservists being call up.

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