MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- More than 100 members of the Minnesota National Guard could be among the 14,000 nationally who will be kept on active duty going into a second year to support the war on terrorism.
Lt. Col. Denis Shields, spokesman for the Minnesota Guard, said most of its affected members are security police with Air National Guard units who were called to active duty after the Sept. 11 attacks. Most of them have been serving at Guard bases in Minnesota, though some have been stationed elsewhere, Shields said.
The call-ups were under what the military calls a "partial mobilization" ordered by President Bush after the attacks. The president had the authority to activate up to one million reservists and Guard members to serve up to two years.
Not all of the affected Minnesota members will have to serve the full two years, Shields said, noting that local commanders have considerable flexibility as long as security needs are met.
Shields said several Minnesotans probably will remain on active duty the entire time, but he said he didn't know who or have exact figures. In some cases, they'll just continue in their present jobs, but it could be an "extreme hardship" for some who have full-time jobs they'll be kept away from, he said.
The Minneapolis-based 934th Airlift Wing of the Air Force Reserve has not received any official word on whether it will be affected by the extended tours of active duty, said Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Williams, the wing's spokesman.
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