30 Virginia Beach-based Virginia National Guard soldiers to mobilize for duty at Guantanamo Bay

Posted at 10:27 AM, Jul 31, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-31 20:30:24-04

Virginia Beach, Va. - A platoon of 30 Virginia National Guard soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 229th Military Police Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group have received mobilization orders to enter active federal service for duty at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The federal active duty will begin on October 15th and will last approximately nine months, according to an announcement made by Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia.

"Once again the Virginia National Guard has been called upon to provide specific skill sets to support our national security interests," Williams said. "The 229th Military Police Company is filled with Soldiers who have significant experience in both military and civilian law enforcement operations, and I am confident they will be highly successful in accomplishing their mission."

Training and preparation for the mobilization will begin in Virginia in August before the soldiers transition to federal active duty status and report to Fort Bliss, Texas. There will train for another 30 to 45 days before heading to Cuba.

At Guantanamo Bay, the soldiers are scheduled to conduct security operations.