Thursday, February 6, 2003

Ft. Thomas Army Reserve going on active duty status

By Howard Wilkinson
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT THOMAS - A 400-member Army Reserve engineer unit based in Fort Thomas has become the latest Tristate military unit to be called to active duty.

The 478th Engineer Battalion will go on active duty status Friday and ship out Monday for Fort Campbell, according to a spokesman for the 81st Regional Support Command in Birmingham, Ala., the command headquarters for all Army Reserve units in Kentucky.

It is not yet known whether the 478th will be shipped overseas for duty in Operation Enduring Freedom or be given a stateside assignment related to homeland security.

The battalion has about 400 members from seven states, including Kentucky and Ohio. As an engineering unit, it assists combat forces in road-building, bridge-making and other mobility operations.

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