Ohio National Guard supports Louisiana in wake of Gustav

From a news release:

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Governor Ted Strickland announced today that he had approved a request from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for the Ohio National Guard to deploy approximately 1,500 soldiers to assist in the Hurricane Gustav recovery efforts. The units will be deployed to locations in Louisiana and will be clearing debris and opening transportation lanes, moving people and supplies and maintaining military equipment.

"We are thankful that the storm damage was not more severe," Governor Strickland said, "but we understand that the Ohio National Guard assets will be critical to speed the recovery, enabling hundreds of thousands of Louisiana residents quickly to return to their homes and their lives."

The deploying units include:

  • 16th Eng. Brigade HQ, Columbus
  • 216th Eng. Battalion HQ, Woodlawn/Cincinnati
  • 811th Eng. Company, Tarlton
  • 1191st Eng. Company, Portsmouth
  • 1192nd Eng. Company, Newton Falls
  • 837th Eng. Company, Lorain
  • 945th Eng. Company, Norwalk
  • 112th Transportation Company HQ, Green (Akron-Canton)
  • 1483rd Transportation Company, Walbridge
  • 1484th Transportation Company, Green (Akron-Canton)
  • 1485th Transportation Company, Coshocton
  • 1486th Transportation Company, Ashland/Mansfield
  • 211th Maintenance Company, Newark

The assistance is being provided under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), a national mutual aid and partnership agreement that allows state-to-state assistance during states of emergencies declared by the Governor or President. The agreement provides a responsive and straightforward system to for the National Guard in unaffected states to send personnel and equipment to help disaster relief efforts in affected states.

"The men and women of Ohio's National Guard are proud to be a part of this integrated effort to support the citizens of Louisiana in their time of need, said Maj. Gen. Gregory L. Wayt, Ohio's adjutant general, "and we thank them for their service. But we also need to remember the sacrifice and commitment made by the soldiers' families and employers who will have to accommodate the absence of our soldiers from their day-to-day lives."

The soldiers will transport to Columbus over the next several days where they will be processed and begin convoy operations to Louisiana by the end of the week.

Source: The Ohio National Guard Public Affairs Office