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.
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.