Dec. 24, 2009

Virginia National Guard continues to support local authorities in winter storm recovery

Virginia Guard News Release

RICHMOND, Va. The Virginia National Guard continues to provide assistance to local authorities in the southwest Virginia area Dec. 24 in the wake of severe winter weather that hit the commonwealth almost a week ago. Approximately 100 Soldiers are on state active duty with the missions of delivering food and water and conducting door-to-door checks on health and welfare in Wise County and operating water distribution points in Dickenson County.


Virginia National Guard Soldiers from the Portsmouth-based Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team and the Suffolk-based B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team operate a water distribution point in Grundy Dec. 22. From left to right, Pfc. Victor Fuller of Freeman. Sgt. Steven Myers of Portsmouth and Sgt. Mike Davis of Chesterfield. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Timothy Morris, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment) Please visit the Virginia Guard Flickr page for more photos.

The water distribution mission is scheduled to be complete by the end of the day, but Virginia Guard Soldiers are expected to continue their missions in Wise County through Dec. 27. Guard leaders plan to schedule Soldiers duty on Christmas Day to allow them to be home with their families for at least part of the day.

Gov. Kaine authorized Virginia National Guard Soldiers for state active duty in order to assist state and local authorities with the response to a major winter storm that began Dec. 18. At the peak of the response, the Virginia Guard had nearly 700 Soldiers and Airmen on duty along the I-81 corridor from Winchester to Danville, and also conducted operations in Lynchburg, Stafford and Charlottesville.

The Virginia Guard conducted a variety of missions including rescuing stranded motorists, delivering food, water and blankets to shelters and snow-bound homes, providing ambulances to the sick and injured, transporting health care professionals to hospitals, conducting door to door checks on the health and welfare of residents and delivering crews to repair downed power lines in the remote regions of Virginia.

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