GA National Guard becomes Regional Homeland Response Force -, South Georgia News, Weather, Sports

GA National Guard becomes Regional Homeland Response Force

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Department of Defense picked Georgia as one of ten states to host a homeland response force.

That will mean retraining for many National Guard Armories, including the armory here in Albany. The troops just returned from Afghanistan in the spring and would traditionally get a year off before getting a new assignment, but instead will begin training later this year.

The homeland response forces are to be established in 2012 and will be made up of highly trained personnel in each of the ten Federal Emergency Management Regions.

"Responding to natural disasters, floods, tornadoes, search and extraction and also helping or training with nuclear or biological and chemical responses, working with the groups of Atlanta," said SFC Michael Marshall, National Guard Armory.

The troops will work more closely with local agencies including GEMA and the American Red Cross to deploy on the ground in the event of a natural disaster within six to 12 hours.

Troops would be charged with setting up supply lines to administering shots or other duties needed in an emergency.

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