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    National Guard battalion heading to Mexican border ... 20302/1002

    National Guard battalion heading to Mexican border

    The first wave of soldiers from the Montana National Guard's 189th General Support Aviation Battalion departs today for Las Cruces, N.M., to help patrol the Mexican border.

    "This will be the first of three 21-day rotations utilizing the same aircraft, but switching out the soldiers," said Maj. Garth Scott.

    One company of soldiers, about 20 aviators and support personnel, will be flying four UH-60 helicopters in support of Operation Jump Start, which helps the Border Patrol control illegal immigration.

    Two other CH-47 Chinook helicopters will accompany the Blackhawks to Utah for gunnery practice, then return to Montana, said Lt. Col. Frank Little.

    The UH-60 Blackhawks destined for border patrol duty can carry up to 12 fully outfitted ready soldiers.

    "This is an operations mission, not training," Little said. He added that those deployed will be seasoned aviators.

    Among them will be Sgt. Daryl Reichling, a civilian plumber at Malmstrom Air Force Base, with about 1,900 hours of flight time, including 800 hours of combat flight.

    "For nine months, I flew border patrol for the United Nations along Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia," said Reichling, who was also deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003-2005. Reichling was with the Illinois National Guard for 18 years before moving to Montana last summer.

    "Our aviation unit will be doing general operations, hauling personnel, troops and equipment," Scott said. "They'll also be doing recon" to search out illegal border crossings.

    The group's mission is to increase deterrence and strengthen border security capabilities, Scott said.

    "We will be providing essential air movement operations and supporting the ground units of Operation Jump Start," said 1st Lt. Clayton Scotson, the Alpha Company platoon leader.

    Besides increasing border security, the stateside deployment provides experience for the troops.

    "We only have five of the crew chiefs left that were with us in Iraq (in 2004-2005), so we're training up a whole new group of young kids," said Staff Sgt. Wayne Ingraham of Helena. "It's a good learning experience for them to get out of town and fly and maintain their aircraft."

    While the prospect of deployment may have deterred recruiting in some areas, that doesn't seem to have been the case in Montana, Little said.

    "We're at more than 100 percent of our assigned strength, which tells me that people are joining the National Guard," he said.

    "I think people today appreciate having a real job to do instead of just training for one," Little said.

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    bout time!!!

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    Now if we could get about 500 times that many troops down there we would really be in business.
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    pjr40 wrote:

    Now if we could get about 500 times that many troops down there we would really be in business.
    I was thinking more along the lines of 5,000 with orders to use any means necessary to apprehend illegal crossers. I firmly believe we need to shift our border philosphy towards deterrence through strength.

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    Good stuff! I will be headed that way in a couple weeks myself.
    Deportacion? Si Se Puede!

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    Well all I can say is why wasn't it done 5 1/2 years ago, do you know how many less illegals we would have to remove today, and how many of the victims would still be alive!!!
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    Good stuff! I will be headed that way in a couple weeks myself.
    Good for you Annie, be careful out there though and don't be alone.
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    When they become armed and have the authority to apprehend illegal border crossers and our President tells Mexico to back off..then we will definately be heading in the right direction. Mexico's goal is flood and out number our electoral process with as many racists voters as they can get in the US.

    By the latin, for the latin, nothing but the latin--a definition of La Raza.
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