Letter to Members of the Maine National Guard:

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To my fellow service men and women, and families of the Maine National Guard, I want to share with you an article written by Dr. David Chu, Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness that was provided to me today by LTG Blum, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. Dr. Chu’s comments reiterate what we have heard over the past week or so:

– The Secretary of Defense has rescinded the policy that sets the cumulative limit of 24 months on being mobilized involuntarily. This means that all individuals in the Maine National Guard are subject to being mobilized regardless of their past mobilization history.

– Starting immediately, all Reserve Component units, and the active Army, will be mobilized for a maximum of 12 months at a time.

– The new GOAL is for units to remain at home for five years before being re-mobilized; although some units may be required to mobilize sooner than the five-year period to bridge the gap.

– At this time I am only aware that Charlie Company, 1-126th has been nominated for sourcing in 2008. I informed the members of Charlie Company of this two weeks ago.

– The military guidance and clarification on this shift in policy is expected. This information will be provided to you as soon as possible after I receive it

Thank you and your families for your patience, support and service. Your continued commitment to Maine and the nation is unmatched.

John W. Libby

Major General, MEARNG

The Adjutant General

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