Local Marine Reserves activated for duty

From Staff Reports
GRAY -- A local Marine Reserve unit which has been on alert for nearly two months will report for active duty on Monday.
Company L of the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment received orders last week stating that the 180 members of the unit will serve approximately one year on active duty. Though no firm departure date has been set, Maj. Kurt Ebaugh, the Inspector/Instructor for Company "L", stated that the unit will depart for Camp Pendleton in about 15 days.
The unit will stay at Camp Pendleton for an undisclosed amount of time before being deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
"Lima Company is being activated in order to support the coalition's mission of promoting safety and stability in Iraq," states a press release issued by Maj. Pete Gill of the Company.
Members of the Company have been on alert since Nov. 8, 2003 and have been taking care of personal preparations for deployment since that time. Families of the departing Marines will attend a pre-deployment briefing at the Armed Forces Reserve Training Center in Gray prior to the Company's departure.
The last time Lima Company was called to active duty was during Operation Desert Storm.