Reservists from Westchester called to active duty
Hundreds of soldiers with the New York Army National Guard have been called to active duty for Operation Iraqi Freedom. A number of them are from Westchester, where they train at Camp Smith in Cortlandt.
Army officials say these men have a personal interest in going to Iraq because they're the ones who "lived through" September 11th. The same men that will be heading to Iraq performed security support at airports, nuclear power facilities and at various locations in Manhattan in the days after the attacks.
Before they head to Iraq, they'll go to Fort Drum in upstate New York to begin some intense training. The men will be shipped to Iraq by the end of the winter.
The soldiers will be away from their families for up to 18 months while they serve.