Nov. 14, 2009

Virginia Guard Soldiers support flood response operations

Virginia Guard Press Release

RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia National Guard Soldiers served on state active duty in support of flood response operations Nov. 12, 13 and 14 with approximately 50 Soldiers on duty operating in the Portsmouth area and approximately 55 on duty in the Danville area.

 

Virginia National Guard Soldiers drive a 5-ton truck through high waters Nov. 13 in Portsmouth, Va. Soldiers from the Virginia National Guard's Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, 116th Brigade Combat Team assisted emergency response personnel with rescue of nine people overnight, including a mother and her young daughter  with a high fever who was evacuated to Portsmouth Naval Hospital. Nine Soldiers were on duty in Portsmouth with a Humvee and 5-ton truck. (Photo by Sgt. Eric Watson, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment)


Soldiers from the Portsmouth-based 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry, 116th Brigade Combat Team supported local fire department and law enforcement personnel in Portsmouth and Gloucester. Nine Soldiers were on duty in Portsmouth with a Humvee and 5-ton truck, and two Soldiers were on duty with a 5-ton truck in Gloucester. The unit had inflatable Zodiac boats available for mission support, but did not employ them in their response.

Soldiers in Portsmouth assisted emergency response personnel with rescue of nine people overnight Nov. 12, including a mother and her young daughter with a high fever who was evacuated to Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

Soldiers in Gloucester assisted emergency response personnel with damage surveys and inspections, and those Soldiers were released Friday afternoon.

Soldiers from the 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Brigade Combat Team in the Danville area were on standby to assist, but did not received any missions.

The Virginia National Guard had personnel working at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management to coordinate for requests for assistance by local first responders and also had personnel on duty at the Joint Operations Center in Sandston coordinating the efforts of units on the ground.

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