September 1, 2005

Virginia Soldiers ordered to duty to support hurricane recovery operations

BLACKSTONE, Va. - Maj. Gen. Claude Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, announced today that personnel from both the Virginia Army and Air Guard will enter state active duty to support recovery operations associated with Hurricane Katrina. Approximately 120 Soldiers of the 229th Military Police Company, Virginia Army National Guard, stationed in Virginia Beach, Va., along with approximately 25 Airmen of the 192nd Security Force Squadron, Virginia Air National Guard, stationed in Sandston, Va. and two Airmen from the 192nd Fighter Wing Unit Ministry Team, Virginia Air National Guard, also stationed in Sandston, Va. will enter state active duty at their home stations on Sept. 1, 2005.  

The activation is in anticipation of receiving an Emergency Management Assistance Compact or EMAC request from the state of Louisiana.  The deployment location for the Virginia National Guard Soldiers and Airmen will be finalized when the EMAC request is received from Louisiana.   

EMAC is a national mutual aid and partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during Governor or federally declared emergencies.  EMAC provides a responsive and straightforward system for the National Guard in unaffected states to send people and equipment to help disaster relief efforts in affected states. When resources are overwhelmed, National Guard units nationwide can fill the shortfalls.
 
In 2004, EMAC provided the structure for the largest deployment of state-to-state mutual aid in history.  In response to Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan & Jeanne EMAC facilitated the deployment of more than 800 members of the Army and Air National Guard from 38 states to states affected by these devastating storms. The cost to support these deployments was approximately $15 million.

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