National Guard unit deployed

By BETH CRACE State Journal Staff Writer Published:

For Leeann and Josh Baker, the honeymoon is over.

The couple, married Dec. 20, learned last week Leeann Baker's National Guard unit is being mobilized and in a less than a week will travel to Fort Knox where it could spend up to a year.

"He thought I was kidding," Leeann Baker said of her new husband. "He didn't think I was serious. But overall, we've handled it pretty well."

Leeann Baker is one of 47 members of the 141st Personnel Services Detachment of the Kentucky National Guard.

Gov. Paul Patton announced Thursday that the Frankfort-based unit has received official notice it will be mobilized as part of the nationwide call-up of Army and Air National Guard and Reserve units ordered by President George Bush in support of Operation Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom.

Commanded by Capt. Kathleen Hunter, the detachment's 47 soldiers will report to the Frankfort Armory today to complete administrative processing and training, with follow-on deployment to Fort Knox expected Thursday.

That means the group will have to put daily lives on hold for up to a year, taking leave from regular jobs and school to serve. This is the first mobilization for the 141st Personnel Services Detachment and for Hunter, who took command of the unit in August 2001.

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