Join the Special Forces and see the world could well be the slogan of 11 Utahns called into federal service.
Eleven members of the 19th Special Forces Group, Utah National Guard, received orders Tuesday that they are to go overseas to support Operation Joint Endeavor, the peacekeeping effort in the former Yugoslavia. The mobilization is effective Sunday."The Guardsmen will augment troops currently stationed in Europe," said Alaine Southworth, spokeswoman for the Utah National Guard, based in Draper. The group is not going to Bosnia, she has heard. She isn't positive where they will be stationed in Europe, but the likelihood is Germany.
Replacing other soldiers who are shifted to Bosnia, the Utahns will be assigned to staff officer and administrative positions.
The team leaves Tuesday for Fort Bragg, N.C., where they will train briefly. Then they'll fly to Europe. Under federal law, National Guard and Reserve units cannot be called up for more than 270 days of service in Operation Joint Endeavor.