By Sgt. Wendy McDougall
Nov 3, 2012 - 4:29:34 PM
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Saturday, November 03, 2012
Delaware Soldiers called to support New York City Locals tapped for commodity distribution
On Sunday, November 4th, 120 Soldiers from the Delaware National Guard will depart Delaware and report to New York City to provide support in Hurricane Sandy recovery operations. Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala is scheduled to address the troops at 10:00 a.m. at the Vincent A. Julia Building at the Delaware Memorial Bridge, immediately before they leave Delaware.
The bulk of the Soldiers come from the Delaware Guardâ€™s 1049th Transportation Company, which is headquartered in Seaford, and returned last May from a year-long tour in Afghanistan. The mission will be 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 this past week 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.
â€œThis call to duty is an excellent example of our National Guard in action. We are the only military component with the dual mission of prosecuting the warfight overseas and supporting the homeland. The majority of these Soldiers recently returned from a year in Afghanistan, and just this past week our own state's emergency requirements. Today they leave to support the citizens in need in the state of New York,â€� said Maj .Gen. Frank Vavala, Adjutant General, Delaware National Guard.
The mission is scheduled to end on November 15th and the unit will return home to Delaware on the 16th. The support package includes 120 soldiers, about 40 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.
Earlier this week the Delaware National Guard was activated to assist the state of Delaware with transport, evacuation, manning medical needs shelters, traffic control points and clearing sand from Route 1 north of the Indian River inlet.
Media are invited to the address at 10:00 a.m. Location is the Vincent A. Julia Building at the Delaware Memorial Bridge in New Castle. Opportunities include photo, video and interviews with departing troops.
For more information please contact Sgt. Wendy McDougall at 302-270-0720 or Lt. Col. Len Gratteri at 302-540-0134.