Dec. 18, 2009

Virginia National Guard authorized to bring up to 400 Soldiers on duty for winter storm assistance

Virginia Guard News Release

RICHMOND, Va. The Virginia National Guard has been authorized to bring up to 400 Soldiers on state active duty in order to assist state and local agencies in response to expected severe winter weather across the state.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine declared a state of emergency for Virginia ahead of the severe winter storm that weather experts say could bring significant snow accumulation across the state, and the authorization for bringing Soldiers on state active duty was part of the declaration.

The Virginia National Guard is currently in the process of notifying personnel to report for duty and conducting maintenance checks on equipment expected to be used in support operations.

“We expect to provide transportation assistance to stranded motorists in support of local emergency response organizations, but we are prepared to provide other assistance as needed,” said Col. Rob McMillin, Virginia National Guard director of joint operations.

Soldiers are expected to stage in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Staunton, Covington, Radford, Roanoke, Woodstock, Stafford, New Market, Winchester, Wytheville and Lexington and be on standby for support as needed.

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