Biden’s Executive Order Authorizes Military to Call Reservists to Active Duty For Ukraine Support

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On Thursday President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorizing the Pentagon to call reservists to active duty “for effective conduct” of U.S. military support to Ukraine.  The Pentagon also designated the U.S. military support to Ukraine at the same time under a “contingency operation” called Operation Atlantic Resolve, which began in 2014.  The president has authorized the Secretary of Defense, and the Secretary of Homeland Security with respect to the Coast Guard, to order to active duty any units or individuals not assigned to a unit. He said the number would not exceed 3,000 members at any one time, and no more than 450 members of the Individual Ready Reserve.  No troops will be deployed for combat to Ukraine, according to the Pentagon.  Pentagon Press Secretary Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said declaring Operation Atlantic Reserve a contingency operation “unlocks capabilities and authorities that…enables us to provide better support and sustain our forces.”