Six Indiana Army National Guard Units were recently called to active duty as part of the nation's anti-terrorism campaign. The Brazil Unit was not affected.
The Brazil Times called The Indiana Air National Guard at Hulman Field in Terre Haute, Thursday, and asked if the 181st Fighter Wing has been activated as part of a war build up.
Community Manager, Capt. John Puckett said, "We are going to participate in the Aerospace Expeditionary Force, AEF, to protect a no-flight zone over Iraq. But that is a pre-scheduled deployment. It's the third year we have done this.
"The AEF concept takes different guard units from around the state. It gives relief to the Active Air force," Capt. Puckett explained. "It ensures there is always a force there to enforce the no flight zone. Saddam can't cross the 36th parallel."
The 181st will send approximately 200 to 250 airmen to Incerlick Air Force Base in Turkey for a standard 30 day rotation. The exact amount of time a crew member will spend there depends on his or her job. Some have already left. Others will go through out the month of January.
Capt. Puckett said "This activity has no attachment to a war build-up. It's actually just an extension of our training."
When asked if there would be an Air Guard build up for a possible war in Iraq Capt. Puckett said, "As far as anything new, I watch CNN like everybody else and I don't know what is going on there."