[Homestead] Iraq, now this is pretty ugly, Reserve Unit going in without weapons

tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Sun Sep 26 20:35:58 EDT 2004

Yeah it's a training mission, but it reminds me of WWII British training 
with crude hand-carved all-wood rifles

Army Sends Weaponless Reserve Unit To Iraq

About 800 members of the 98th Army Reserve Division from Rochester, New 
York will begin a year-long mission in Iraq next month.

The unit, which normally trains reserve and active-duty soldiers in the 
U.S., will find itself training Iraq’s new army.

The 98th is a non-combat unit that doesn't even have its own weapons or 

"This is a hard war and we, frankly, inside the Army Reserve have been 
not properly prepared for it,” said Lt. Gen. James Helmly, chief of the 
U.S. Army Reserve.

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