Thursday, August 21, 2003

Six Short Weeks


NIAGARA, N.Y. -- Thousands attended a parade on Saturday to honor the 914th Airlift Wing, which returned about six weeks ago but could be redeployed in the coming weeks.

"Niagara is prepared," said Col. James B. Roberts. "They are our top unit."

More than 250 reservists celebrated their return from the Middle East at the parade. They also welcomed Roberts as the new Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base Commander. Roberts comes from the Dobbins Air Force Base in Atlanta, Ga.


Niagara Falls, NY (AP) 08/21/03 -- Members of an Air Force reserve unit who were given a welcome parade have learned they're being shipped out again for the war in Iraq.

Details of the latest redeployment will be released at a news conference Thursday.

The 914th Airlift Wing out of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station received word of its redeployment on Wednesday.

Several hundred of the reservists were deployed in March and returned to Niagara Falls about six weeks ago.

On Saturday, they were honored with a "Hometown Heroes Parade" that drew hundreds of flag- and sign-waving supporters.


The reservists returned to Niagara Falls six weeks ago after being in the Middle East on assignment for about a year.