Spokesman Says Wisconsin Guard Not Expected to Be Affected By Decision

President Bush's decision to deploy more than 21,000 additional troops to Iraq isn't likely to affect the Wisconsin National Guard in the near future.

That's the word from Lieutenat Colonel Tim Donovan, a guard spokesman.

But he says state officials aren't certain because no details have been released.

Donovan says about 80% of Wisconsin's 9,900 Air and Army Guard members have been called to active duty for at least a year since the September 11th, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the "planning objective" for the Guard and the Reserve will remain 5 years between each mobilization. But Gates says that, because of the demands of war, an undisclosed number of units will be called up more frequently.

Donovan says the president's call for more troops to Iraq involves combat brigades. He says Wisconsin Guard has only one -- the 32nd -- and most of it has already been deployed overseas.


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