Huey’s Gunsight: Operation Noble Eagle…ten years later.

There was a minor milestone reached last month that I had planned on posting about but simply forgot….the 10 year anniversary of Operation Noble Eagle (ONE).  Operation what?  Yeah, I know…its not like that is a household name or anything.  I have spoken of it before, ONE was the mobilization of US reserve component military personnel in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks for the purpose of providing homeland security.  I am proud to say that I and my unit at the time, the 1st Battalion 148th Infantry, were one of the first units called into service at this time.  It was strange, almost surreal at the time.  We knew very little of our enemy or their plans at that point and it was anyone’s guess whether 9/11 had been a one time deal or simply the beginning of a series of attacks.  Fortunately, it was more of the former than later.  Even though there have been subsequent attack attempts (shoe and underwear bombers for example) the 9/11 attacks were the only major effort on US soil to have been accomplished to their end as part of a larger plan.  I would like to think that the actions of the thousands and thousands of soliders, sailors, coast guardmen, marines and airmen who contributed to ONE made this partially possible.

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I rarely write much about the Guard or Reserves, mostly because I don’t have a lot of experience with either, nor a great deal of interest.

I’ll tell you this, however- they are a far different organization than the “weekend warriors” of yesteryear.

Huey brings to light some of the challenges the Guard/Reserves faced in transition from a rarely used force to what is now in effect the key manpower pool for sustained operations.

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  1. When I was in the Army was well into the initial stages of transforming the Guard and Reserve into what it is now. The OCS had been fully converted to the Benning course for about 6 years when I went to it and the course requirements and academic standards were the same.

    My Armored unit was slated to go to Germany in ’88. We were supposed to load our entire equipment pool and deploy for FTX near the Fulda Gap. I was asked if I wanted to take extended active duty to go as advanced party since I had lived in Germany and more or less knew my way around (the only weird one in the unit). We weren’t the only NG unit slated to go on that game.

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