New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rumsfdd Orders Texas units prepare for deplopent
air, land, marine units to Gulf
By ROBERT BURNS
AP Military Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has ordered about
62.000 more U.S. troops to head for the Persian Gulf region in coming days, doubling the size of the force now arrayed on the periphery of Iraq, two senior U.S. officials said Saturday.
The movements make clear that the Pentagon intends to have sufficient force in place for an Iraq war as early as the first weeks of February, although the White House says President Bush has not yet decided to attack.
Just hours after officials disclosed on Friday that Rumsfeld had ordered nearly
35.000 troops, including two large Marine units, to ship out for a possible war with Iraq, the defense secretary signed another order to deploy 27,000 more troops, mainly Army and Air Force combat units.
One senior official with access to the deployment orders said the units designated for deployment in the latest order include a squadron of Air Force F-117 stealth fight-er-bombers. The F-117s, based at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., played a key role
in the 1991 Gulfwar.
The order also includes thousands of Marines and an Army airborne infantry brigade, the official said. The New York Times reported on its Web site Saturday that two squadrons of F-16CJ radar-jamming fighters also are included.
The troops’ actual departure for the potential war zone will be spread out over the rest of January.
Central Command, the headquarters that would run any war against Iraq, has begun dispatching its battle staff to a command post in Qatar, and it is expected to be operational near the end of January.
The Navy has two aircraft carriers within striking distance of Iraq, plus two others ready to join them on short notice. A fifth carrier, the USS Kitty Hawk has received an order to prepare to deploy to the Gulf region from its homeport in Japan, Navy officials said this week.
At Camp Lejeune, N.C., officials said Friday that about 7,000 Marines would be leaving soon. They are part of an amphibious task force, to include a variety of air and ground forces. A second amphibious task force of another 7,000 Marines has
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Megan Towey has been planning a dream wedding in sunny Jamaica this summer before 100 relatives and friends. She and Chris Almquist instead settled for a Fort Worth justice of the peace on New Year’s Eve and a single guest.
It was a case of romance giving way to practicality.
Almquist is among the 90 Marine reservists from the 4th Reconnaissance Battalion preparing to ship out to Southwest Asia, and by upgrading from fiancee to wife, Towey will be able to keep closer tabs on his well-being.
“Man, I’ve only had him for a week and I get to get rid of him already,” Towey, 25, joked Saturday morning as her husband and his comrades in the battalion’s Company C took care of a mountain of predeployment paperwork at its headquarters on Fort Sam Houston.
The company’s orders were issued this week as part of the partial mobilization authorized by President Bush to prepare for a possible war against Iraq. The Marines are committed to a year of active-duty status, but they could be kept in uniform for up to two years.
About 200 soldiers from Fort Hood are also departing Texas this weekend.
Cecil Green, a spokesman for the sprawling Army post outside Killeen, said the 180th Transportation Battalion received its orders Friday. The unit was scheduled to travel late Saturday to an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.
In a spare, warehouse-like room, Marines in Company C spent some of their final hours before deployment with wives and girlfriends, children and parents, brothers and sisters. Many sat in small groups and spoke quietly. Some held young babies on their laps, while others chased their toddlers around the heavy packs and duffel bags ringing the room.
been ordered to deploy from the West Coast.
Elsewhere, officials said soldiers and fighter pilots from North Carolina bases and B-l bombers and crews in South Dakota will leave soon for the Gulf region. Two B-ls left Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., on Wednesday to begin their deployment. Eventually, about a dozen of the bombers will go, along with about 500 personnel.
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N.Korea hints it may end testing moratorium
By HANS GREIMEL
Associated Press Writer
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea sent sharply mixed messages Saturday, vowing to “smash U.S. nuclear maniacs” in a “holy war” while its diplomats told New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson their country had no intention of building nuclear bombs.
Pyongyang’s belligerent message included threats as well to resume long-range missile tests and to begin reprocessing spent fuel rods from its nuclear reactor to make atomic bombs.
The isolated Stalinist regime withdrew from the 1968 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty as of Saturday and intensified its defiance
with a huge rally in the capital, where a million people stood shoulder-to-shoulder in a downtown square embellished with anti-American banners and huge portraits of President Kim Jong ll.
The North’s harsh language appeared to grow in lockstep with international condemnation of its declaration Friday that it would no longer abide by the pact that served as the keystone in the global attempt to stop the spread of nuclear weapons.
In New Mexico, Richardson — a former U.N. ambassador — said North Korea’s deputy U.N. Ambassador Han Song Ryol assured him the North wanted improved ties with the United States and had no plans to build a bomb.
deployment order was signed Dec. 24 and called for about
25.000 troops to head overseas.
Earlier this week, he signed another order for about 5,000 more troops. With the addition of 35,000 on Friday and 27,000 on Saturday — plus the roughly
60.000 already in the Gulf region — the Pentagon is well on its way to exceeding its goal of having 100,000 there by Jan. 31.
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