By Sgt. Wendy McDougall
Nov 13, 2012 - 8:51:01 AM
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Delaware Soldiers Return from New York City
On Tuesday, November 13th, 107 Soldiers from the Delaware National Guard have departed New York City and are scheduled to report to the River Road Training Site, New Castle, Del. Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala is scheduled to address the troops at 10:00 a.m.
The bulk of the Soldiers come from the Delaware Guard's 1049th Transportation Company, which is headquartered in Seaford, and returned last May from a year-long tour in Afghanistan. The mission was to transport and distribute commodities to citizens of New York who remain without power or otherwise in need.
This comes on the heels of more than 500 Delaware National Guardsmen supporting the state of Delaware in response to Hurricane Sandy.
The coordination to support New York was done through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is a mutual aid agreement between states and provides the ability to call and utilize assets from any National Guard unit in the country.
"I couldn't be more proud of our Soldiers for supporting the citizens of New York this past week." said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard. "What they did truly made a difference for countless Americans."
The support package includes 107 soldiers, about 45 FMTV trucks (a combination of 2.5-ton and 5-ton Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles), 3 Humvees, a wrecker and a diesel refuel vehicle. The FMTVs can transport equipment, up to 12 passengers and are maneuverable in several feet of water. The Humvees can also navigate high waters.
Media are invited to the address at 10:00 a.m. Location is the River Road Training Site, 1197 River Road, New Castle. Opportunities include photo, video and interviews with returning troops.
For more information please contact Sgt. Wendy McDougall at 302-270-0720 or Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 302-540-0134.