Ga. Dept. of Defense ready to put boots on the ground for relief efforts

Ga. Dept. of Defense ready to put boots on the ground for relief efforts

CLAY NATIONAL GUARD CENTER, MARIETTA, Ga. (WALB) - Nearly 200 Georgia Guardsman have been placed on state active duty orders to fulfill missions assigned by the Georgia Emergency Management Homeland Security Agency (GEMA/HS), according to the Georgia Department of Defense.

Elements of the Tifton-based 110th Combat Support Sustainment Battalion and the Decatur-based 170th Military Police Battalion will provide logistical and law enforcement support to civil authorities.

Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers review possible Hurricane Dorian mission scenarios in Ga. DoD Joint Operations Center in Marietta, Ga. Sept 3, 2019. The Soldiers are Sgt 1st Class Toya Cullwell, Sergeant Major Rachel Dryden, Sgt. Shaztada Wilson and Sgt. Eric Cooper. Georgia National Guard photo by Maj. William Carraway / released
Georgia Army National Guard Soldiers review possible Hurricane Dorian mission scenarios in Ga. DoD Joint Operations Center in Marietta, Ga. Sept 3, 2019. The Soldiers are Sgt 1st Class Toya Cullwell, Sergeant Major Rachel Dryden, Sgt. Shaztada Wilson and Sgt. Eric Cooper. Georgia National Guard photo by Maj. William Carraway / released (Source: Picasa)

In addition to those service members, the Georgia Department of Defense is comprised of units capable of executing multiple missions for GEMA/HS, which include the following:

  • The Georgia Air National Guard has route clearance teams prepared to clear roads of debris.
  • The Georgia Army National Guard transportation units can negotiate impacted roads with all-terrain vehicles and cargo trucks in order to deliver supplies.
  • Aviation assets can deliver water and food supplies for the establishment of points of distribution.
  • The Georgia State Defense Force volunteers also bring a myriad of capabilities and skills to assist the response effort.
Georgia Army National Guardsmen from across the state have gathered at Fort Stewart, Ga., Sept. 4, 2019 to render assistance for southeastern Georgia before Hurricane Dorian’s arrival. \r\rU.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom Jr. \r
Georgia Army National Guardsmen from across the state have gathered at Fort Stewart, Ga., Sept. 4, 2019 to render assistance for southeastern Georgia before Hurricane Dorian’s arrival. \r\rU.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom Jr. \r (Source: Sgt. 1st Class R.J. Lannom Jr)

Governor Brian Kemp has authorized the activation of up to 2,000 Georgia National Guard personnel to respond in the wake of Hurricane Dorian. The Georgia Guard will bring additional personnel on duty at the request of GEMA/HS.

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