Here in West Texas about 120 U.S. Marine Reservists were officially called to active duty at about 6:30 Tuesday evening. Soldiers with the Lubbock Marine Corps Reserve Unit said those tough good byes to family and friends at the Guard and Reserve Center at I-27 and Regis.
The troops come from West Texas, South Texas, New Mexico and Southern Oklahoma. They specialize in motor transport services. "We are a motor transport unit. We have motor vehicles that will supply fuel, water, ammunition, people and supplies wherever the Marines may need them," says Capt. Kraig Smith of the Lubbock U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Unit.
The activation process begins with updating medical records, vaccinations and other paper work. The troops will head to Camp Pendleton in Southern California later this month, and from there they will be ready if called to war.
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