As the Persian Gulf crisis passes its United Nations deadlines, more than 100 additional Utah reservists and National Guard members were called up Tuesday and Wednesday to support Operation Desert Shield. Most are medical specialists.
They are with the Air Force Reserve's 419th Tactical Fighter Wing, stationed at Hill Air Force Base; the Navy Reserve's Medical Command, Northwest Region 560; and the Utah Air National Guard's 151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.419th Tactical Fighter Wing
Sixty-eight medical reservists from the 419th were called into active duty Wednesday. Among them are five doctors, four from Utah and one from Colorado.
"They will report to Hill Air Force Base today and will be mobilized Friday to Langley Air Force Base, Virginia," 419th Capt. Tess Taft Cowan said Wednesday. Air Force reserve officials said medical personnel were called to active duty for no longer than 180 days. They will serve in hospitals in this country to fill in for medical personnel who were sent to the Middle East, and possibly go overseas later.
Seventeen reservists were activated. They are expected to report to the Naval Hospital in Oakland on Sunday.
The Medical Command has had some members on active duty at Navy hospitals in the United States since August. Utahns with the Navy Reserve participating in Operation Desert Shield now number 174.
Utah Air Guard
Maj. Roger Gillespie, Guard spokesman, said 23 members of the 151st Consolidated Aircraft Maintenance Squadron were added to the list of members on active duty.
Twenty-two members of the maintenance group have been notified that their call-up is for six months and they will be assigned to U.S. installations in Europe. One member from the squadron has been activated for 30 days and will be assigned to the Strategic Air Command's Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
The latest call-ups bring the number of Utah Air National Guard members activated for Operation Desert Shield to 120.