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'Ready to Go' When Call Comes
Academy Expects Some to be Called to Duty
See Benefits in Developing Skills
Teens Accept Challenge
Spring Yields More Than Water
to Go' When Call Comes
By TIM MITCHELL
© 2001 THE
Published Online October 3, 2001
Daniel Lundeen spends his days working with high school dropouts
as a staff member at Lincoln's Challenge, but at night he keeps
his eyes on national newscasts.
is a National Guardsman who has been put on alert that he may soon
be called away from the Rantoul academy to assist with the response
to the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
they call us, we´re fully trained," said Lundeen. "As
for me, I know I´m ready to go. It´s my duty."
many as 40 staff members at Lincoln´s Challenge could be called
into action in the coming weeks, according to academy spokesman
Tuesday afternoon, six staff members had been called from the academy
to assist with security at Illinois airports, Steigmann said.
majority of these people would be thrilled to be called up,"
who works as a team leader at Lincoln´s Challenge, has been
in the National Guard for 5 years. Before that he served on active
duty with the Army for four years and was a member of the Army Reserve
for 1 year.
Tuesday, Lundeen showed his class a video about Osama bin Laden
said he has been preparing for military action all his life.
I was a kid, I always wanted to be like John Wayne," he said.
"When I got into the Army, I realized military life isn´t
always as much John Wayne as it looks, but I wouldn´t trade
my career for anything else in the world."
Lundeen is called into action, he said he would most likely serve
as a truck driver transporting supplies to soldiers.
you go to war, that´s real," said Lundeen. "We have
to prepare ourselves physically ... and mentally to make sure we
know how to deal with it, but also spiritually and psychologically,
Lincoln´s Challenge staffer, Specialist Thomas Garrett, said
the National Guard could call him into action any time.
want to be a part of whatever our nation does," said Garrett.
"All the training that I have received to this point has been
geared to serving my country.
this time when our citizens are under our under attack by terrorists,
we need our military most of all."
said he had no idea what his duties would be should the National
Guard call him to action, but he said his experience helping train
the cadets at Lincoln´s Challenge will help him to be better
prepared for whatever challenges he might face either supporting
homeland defense or as part of a mission overseas.
here keeps me in daily contact with the discipline necessary to
be an effective member of the National Guard."
team leader, Gulf War veteran Staff Sgt. Retired Michael Savage,
came to Lincoln´s Challenge after an 11-year career with the
says he hopes the U.S. will wait until all its forces are in place
before launching a military strike.
afraid we are going to jump the gun," said Savage.
said he fears television networks may give too much information
to terrorists before the United States can effectively respond to
suspect bin Laden and all his boys are already working on a counter
plan because they know what we are doing," he said.
Dane Elkins is a member of the U.S. Army Reserve after serving for
3 years as part of the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell,
exciting knowing I might be able to use the skills that I have been
training for all my life," said Elkins. "But it is also
sad that so many people had to die first before we started this
war against terrorism."