Call-ups affecting UTHSC employees, students
A number of Health Science Center students and employees have been ordered to report for military and emergency response duty, according to their schools and departments.
Three paramedic students who are full-time airmen and soldiers have gone to their assignments. One faculty member and one student in the department of emergency medical technology (EMT) are in the U.S. Army Reserve. Members of the Texas National Guard, including a pair of UTHSC students, are subject to activation for military duty. The names of the guard members and reservists are withheld to protect their families.
Victoria Smith, EMT instructor, is on alert with Texas Task Force One, the state's urban search and rescue team. Texas Task Force One members have been on site in the recovery efforts in New York City and at the Pentagon, and will help in further recovery missions. Health Science Center EMTs and paramedics and several physicians and nurses have volunteered to assist in extreme situations. Dr. David Senn, a forensic dentist in the department of dental diagnostic science, has completed his third week of work at the World Trade Center excavation and should return home soon.
Reservists ordered to active duty by President Bush's executive order of Sept. 14 may be deployed worldwide for as long as 24 consecutive months. These federalized members of the U.S. military may come from any of the seven reserve components. Their orders include guarding key U.S. military and government facilities and key public assets, and serving interchangeably with active duty soldiers domestically and overseas.
Gov. Rick Perry ordered to active duty several hundred Texas Army National Guardsmen — including those who serve today on airport security details. These soldiers are not part of the president's federal activation, so their term of service is currently limited to six months.
Military members called to active duty have a responsibility to keep their civilian employers informed about their status, especially to notify them as soon as reasonable when they know they will be returning to civilian life. While on active military duty, their civilian jobs and seniority status are protected by the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. See http://www.esgr.org/faqemployers.html.