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Hurricane Florence - South Carolina National Guard Responds
South Carolina National Guard
Sept. 18, 2018 | 5:17
South Carolina National Guard Engineers, from the 122nd and 178th Engineer Battalions, build a barrier by placing 1,000 pound sand bags along a section of highway at Lake Busbee to prevent flooding off of highway 501 in Conway, S.C., September 18, 2018. Approximately 3,100 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as Tropical Storm Florence has caused flooding and damage to the state. (U.S. National Guard video by Senior Master Sgt. Edward Snyder)
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The North Carolina National Guard’s Army Aviation Support Facility in Morrisville, North Carolina, hosted Guard members and aircraft from 13 states who have flown in to support the N.C. in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Guard nation comes together after Hurricane Florence
By Staff Sgt. Mary Junell | Sept. 24, 2018
RALEIGH, N.C. - Hurricane Florence slammed into the Carolina coast as a Category 1 storm Sept. 14,

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District Commander, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Palazzini, left, coordinates flood mitigations efforts underway along U.S. Highway 501 in Horry County, S.C., with South Carolina Army National Guard Lt. Col. William A. Matheny, commander, 122 Engineering Battalion, Sept. 16, 2018. Army National Guard engineering units are working here with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logistics and technical experts in support of FEMA, state and local partners during post-storm recovery operations.
National Guard joins forces with Army Corps of Engineers
By Edward N. Johnson | Sept. 21, 2018
CONWAY, S.C. - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers logistics and technical advisors join forces with South

Flood victims hold hands aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an aerial evacuation over Marion County, South Carolina, Sept. 20, 2018. Pennsylvania Guard air crews joined to rescue them.
Pennsylvania Guard rescues two South Carolina flood victims
By Capt. Travis Mueller | Sept. 21, 2018
MULLINS, S.C. – Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard and Pennsylvania Helicopter Aquatic

Spc. Mathew Hernon, a motor transport operator of the 1058th Transportation Company, Massachusetts National Guard, wades through the remnants of Hurricane Florence to assist a disabled woman trapped in her vehicle on Sept. 18, 2018.
Massachusetts Guard member helps a neighbor in flood
By Sgt. 1st Class Laura Berry | Sept. 20, 2018
QUINCY, Mass. - While the remnants of Hurricane Florence continued to travel up the East Coast,

Pararescue Airmen Tech Sgt. Ryan Dush and Staff Sgt. Griffin Elzey, both members of the New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing, are lowered out of a HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter assigned to the wing during a rescue mission in Lumberton, North Carolina, on Sept. 17, 2018. The two Airmen were descending to make an assessment of how many people were in the house, surrounded by flood waters and the best way to get them out. Eventually 15 people were rescued by two HH-60s, one flown by New York Air Guardsmen and the other by an aircrew from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing.
Alaska, Calif., N.Y. Guard Airmen team up for N.C. rescues
By Eric Durr and Capt. Michael O'Hagan | Sept. 20, 2018
LUMBERTON, N.C.-The initial call from the local emergency operations center was that there were "ten

Aircrew of the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion prepares to depart for North Carolina Sept. 17, 2018 to assist in the relief efforts of Hurricane Florence. Three aircraft with hoist capability will provide medical evacuation support to those most affected by the storm, as well as the ability to transport medical patients and supplies.
Tenn. Guard Helicopters arrive in N.C. for Florence Support
By Tennessee National Guard | Sept. 19, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Three Black Hawk helicopters from the Tennessee National Guard's 1-230th Assault

Six Michigan Army National Guard Soldiers from the Grand Ledge-based, C Company, 3-238th General Support Aviation Battalion and a HH60M Black Hawk departed Sept. 17, 2018, to support relief efforts following the devastation and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence.
Michigan National Guard is helping after Florence floods
By Michigan National Guard | Sept. 19, 2018
LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan Army National Guard has mobilized six personnel from the Grand

South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Bennettsville, S.C., law enforcement work together to help the local community evacuate as flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence forces people from their home, Sept.16, 2018. Approximately 3,400 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as Tropical Storm Florence has caused flooding and damage to the state.
South Carolina Guard rises to occasion as waters go up
By Staff Sgt. Joe Cashion | Sept. 19, 2018
CHESTERFIELD, S.C. - Tropical Storm Florence dumped unprecedented amounts of rain on the Carolinas

Indiana National Guard soldiers with the 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion prepare a UH-60 for takeoff at the Gary Aviation Facility and prep the aircraft for hurricane relief efforts on Sept. 16, 2018.
Indiana National Guard units supporting Florence relief
By Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Runser | Sept. 19, 2018
INDIANAPOLIS – The 38th Combat Aviation Brigade deployed to Raleigh, North Carolina, on Sept. 16 to

HH-60 helicopters from the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, take off from Oceana, Virginia, in support of Hurricane Florence Relief Operations, September 12, 2018.
N.Y. Guard helicopters take off supporting hurricane rescue
By Eric Durr | Sept. 19, 2018
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Two CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters departed the New York Army National Guard

South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers with the 1053rd Transportation Company assist a family that was trapped inside their vehicle during the early morning hours as a result of flood waters on the roadway in Hamer, S.C., Sept. 18, 2018. Rescues are underway in hard-hit North Carolina as well.
'It's not over,' Guard says of N.C. hurricane-relief mission
By Joe Lacdan | Sept. 19, 2018
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Soldiers continue to help evacuate residents in flood-ravaged communities along

A U.S. Army high clearance vehicle makes its way to a stranded pick up truck on a flooded roadway near Nichols, South Carolina, Sept. 18, 2018.
Pa. Guard continues search and rescue from Myrtle Beach, S.C.
By Capt. Travis Mueller | Sept. 19, 2018
EASTOVER, S.C. – Members of the Pennsylvania National Guard launched multiple search and rescue

South Carolina National Guards Staff Sgt. Marvin Miller serves in the 133rd Military Police Company based in Timmonsville, South Carolina. Miller has served in the S.C. Guard for 17 years, with multiple deployments and numerous state activation missions during his career.
Emergency means it's time to serve for this S.C. Guard MP
By Sgt. 1st Class Joe Cashion | Sept. 18, 2018
FLORENCE, S.C. - Service during times of crisis is nothing new to Staff Sgt. Marvin Miller, a

Alaska Air National Guardsmen from the 176th Wing’s 212th Rescue Squadron assist with recovering isolated flood survivors via a California ANG’s 129th Wing HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter crewed by members of the 210th RQS near Sampson County, N.C., Sept. 17, 2018.
Air Guard rescue crews save 19 in one day in N.C.
By Capt. Matt Murphy | Sept. 18, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Air National Guard Search and Rescue (SAR) teams from Alaska and New York

Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team pack equipment at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17, 2018, prior to deploying to North Carolina to support operations in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The team, which specializes in the dignified recovery of deceased personnel, will assist the North Carolina medical examiner’s office at the request of local health officials.
Ky. Fatality Search and Recovery Team deployed for Florence
By Maj. Allison Stephens | Sept. 18, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - At the request of North Carolina public health officials and to augment the North

A U.S. Air Force Security Forces Airman assigned to the South Carolina Air National Guard, 169th Fighter Wing, from McEntire Joint National Guard Base, working alongside Florence County, S.C., Sheriff’s Department, assists civilians during evacuation efforts as the Black Creek River begins to crest in Florence, S.C., Sept. 17, 2018. Approximately 3,400 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to respond and participate in recovery efforts as Tropical Storm Florence has caused flooding and damage to the state.
S.C. Air Guard assists law enforcement after hurricane
By Master Sgt. Caycee Watson | Sept. 18, 2018
FLORENCE, S.C. - The South Carolina Air National Guard deployed 13 Airmen, assigned to the 169th

Master Sgt. Jim Brucculeri and Staff Sgt. Kareem Spearman from the 102nd Rescue Squadron, New York Air National Guard, scan for people in need of rescue over Kinston, N.C. Sept. 16, 2018.
N.Y. Guard Soldiers, Airmen performing rescues post-Florence
By Eric Durr | Sept. 17, 2018
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Two CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopters departed the New York Army National Guard

Soldiers of the Tennessee Army National Guard’s 117th Military Police Battalion conduct a convoy operations briefing prior to departure from battalion headquarters in Athens, Tenn., on Sept. 16, 2018. More than 100 personnel from the battalion are headed to South Carolina to provide assistance to residents in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Tenn. Guard sends MP company to South Carolina for Florence
By Tennessee National Guard | Sept. 17, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee National Guard sent a military police company to South Carolina on

A Soldier with the South Carolina Army National Guard pauses for a moment while working with and the South Carolina Department of Transportation to fill sandbags as a result of flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence, Sept. 15, 2018. Approximately 3,200 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Tropical Storm Florence has the potential to cause flooding and projected to damage the state as the storm makes landfall near the Carolinas and east coast.
National Guard answered the call for Hurricane Florence
By National Guard Bureau | Sept. 16, 2018
CHARLESTON, S.C. - National Guard members flowed in from at least 28 states to help North and South

U.S. Air Force Col. Shawne Johnson, 145th Airlift Wing Emergency Operation Center (EOC) day-shift director, maintains telecommunications during Tropical Storm Florence, Sept. 15, 2018. Col. Johnson’s position as the EOC day-shift director is to manage and maintain assets and people while channeling communication up and down the North Carolina Air National Guard in response to Tropical Storm Florence.
North Carolina Guard family joins the recovery effort
By Staff Sgt. Laura Montgomery | Sept. 16, 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As chaos strikes the Carolinas via massive amounts of rain and debris from

South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and S.C. Department of Transportation fill sandbags in preparation of possible flooding caused by Tropical Storm Florence, September 15, 2018. Approximately 3,200 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Tropical Storm Florence has the potential to cause flooding and projected to damage the state as the storm makes landfall near the Carolinas and east coast.
South Carolina National Guard begins response efforts
By Sgt. Brad Mincey | Sept. 15, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The South Carolina National Guard filled and delivered sandbags Saturday to

Soldiers with the South Carolina Army National Guard along with members of the S.C. Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team ensure a UH-60 Black Hawk is ready for rescue missions in response to Hurricane Florence, Charleston, SC, Sept. 14, 2018. SC-HART is a partnership between aviation units of the South Carolina Army National Guard and the South Carolina State Urban Search and Rescue Task Force.
South Carolina HART team performing challenging rescues
By South Carolina National Guard | Sept. 15, 2018
CHARLESTON, S.C. – As Tropical Storm Florence continues to bring heavy rain and flooding throughout

Soldiers assigned to the Virginia National Guard's 1173rd Transportation Company, 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group assemble six Light Medium Tactical Vehicles with supplies including food, fuel, protectice equipment met and wet weather gear Sept. 13, 2018, at the State Military Reservation in Virginia Beach. The LMTVs deployed to fire stations in Chesapeake, Virginia, to assist with possible hurricane response operations as Hurricane Florence makes landfall.
Virginia National Guard sending support to North Carolina
By Cotton Puryear | Sept. 15, 2018
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- The Virginia National Guard is sending approximately 40 Soldiers and 20

Approximately two dozen Soldiers assigned to medevac units at the Wisconsin National Guard's Army Aviation Support Facility 1 in West Bend, Wis., prep UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Sept. 14, 2018,for movement to Maryland in response to then-Hurricane Florence, where the crews will remain in a standby status to be available in the event that civil authorities request their services. The Department of Defense began staging personnel, equipment and resources in the region to prepare for potential response missions as Hurricane Florence made landfall.
Wisconsin Guard ready to assist with Florence response
By Capt. Joe Travato | Sept. 15, 2018
WEST BEND, Wis. The Wisconsin National Guard stands ready to assist civil authorities, if needed,

Airmen from the 123rd Airlift Wing load vehicles and cargo onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 15, 2018, in response to Tropical Storm Florence. The gear and 10 Airmen from the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron are being deployed to Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., to provide stand-alone communications, air traffic control, personnel recovery and paramedic capabilities in response to massive flooding.
Ky. Air Guard deploys 10 special tactics troops for Florence
By Lt. Col. Dale Greer | Sept. 15, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Special Tactics Squadron deployed 10

U.S. Air Force Col. Bryony Terrell, commander 145th Airlift Wing, delivers a brief during a meeting held at the North Carolina Air National Guard (NCANG) Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Sept. 14, 2018. Airmen across the base prepare for power outages that may occur as a result of Hurricane Florence. Col. Terrell and other individuals from the NCANG brief on safety, weather updates, and forecasted strategies in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
N.C. Air Guard stands against Tropical Storm Florence
By Staff Sgt. Laura Montgomery | Sept. 15, 2018
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was standing room only Friday as the 145th Airlift Wing Commander, Col.

Master Sgt. Twila Costiloe, 188th Wing intelligence analyst, creates graphical information products in the 188th Unclassified Processing, Assessment, and Dissemination element at Ebbing Air National Guard Base, Ark., to support Hurricane Florence responders Sept. 13, 2018. The UPAD rapidly provides graphical information products requested by incident commanders located across the storm’s path.
188th Wing activates UPAD for Hurricane Florence Response
By Tech. Sgt. John Hillier | Sept. 14, 2018
FORT SMITH, Ark. - The Arkansas Air National Guard's 188th Wing activated its Unclassified

Kenneth P. Rapuano, left, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and global security, and Air Force Gen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Sept. 13, 2018, on Defense Department preparations for Hurricane Florence.
More than 7,000 troops ready as Hurricane Florence hits
By Jim Garamone | Sept. 14, 2018
WASHINGTON - More than 7,000 service members - National Guard and active-duty - are standing by

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Patrick Donohue, a CH-47 Chinook pilot with the Eastern Army Aviation Training Site (EAATS) briefs his crew before takeoff Sept. 13, 2018, from Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Approximately 25 Pennsylvania Guard members in two Chinooks and two UH-56 Black Hawk helicopters are bound for South Carolina in support of Hurricane Florence recovery efforts.
Pa. Army Guard sends crew, aircraft for Florence response
By Army Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart and Capt. Travis Mueller | Sept. 14, 2018
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – More than 25 Pennsylvania National Guard members along with two UH-60

Soldiers with the 1-118th Infantry Battalion stage a Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) at the McClellanville Fire Department ahead of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 13, 2018, McClellanville, South Carolina.  Approximately 2,100 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts for Hurricane Florence.
South Carolina National Guard finalizes hurricane plans
By Sgt. Brad Mincey | Sept. 14, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen assisted law enforcement and

Sgt. Kelby Shifflett, center, and Sgt. Anthony McCall, right, UH-60 Black Hawk crew chiefs, assigned to Charlie Company, 1-169 General Support Aviation Battalion, Oklahoma Army National Guard, conduct pre-flight checks on the external rescue hoist prior to leaving to support relief efforts for Hurricane Florence Sept. 13, 2018. Seven Soldiers from the aviation unit trained in Helicopter Search and Rescue operations will conduct swift water rescues using dynamic and static hoists to rescue stranded citizens after the hurricane subsides.
Okla. Army National Guard water rescue team deploys to Florence
By Sgt. Brian Schroeder | Sept. 14, 2018
LEXINGTON, Okla. – Soldiers from the Oklahoma Army National Guard departed Thursday from Muldrow

Pararescue personnel from the Alaska Air National Guard’s 212th Rescue Squadron, 176th Wing, and California ANG’s  131st Rescue Squadron, 129th Rescue Wing, settle into a AKANG’s 144th Airlift Squadron C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Sept. 12, 2018. The Guardsmen complete with equipment, trailers and vehicles are enroute to Dover Air Force Base, Del., in preparation for offering support to civil authorities as needed in response to hurricane relief operations.
Guard units from 14 states gear up for Hurricane Florence
By Sgt. 1st Class Jon Soucy | Sept. 13, 2018
ARLINGTON, Va. – As the outer edges of Hurricane Florence begin to hit the Carolina coast, close to

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Peter Zaccariello, a pararescueman assigned to the 106th Rescue Wing, New York Air National Guard, checks and loads rescue equipment in preparation for Hurricane Florence Relief Operations, September 12, 2018.
N.Y. Air Guard sends personnel and gear for Florence
By Eric Durr and Capt. Michael O'Hagan | Sept. 13, 2018
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, N.Y. -The New York Air National Guard's 106th Rescue Wing is deploying 80

The 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, is serving as a staging area for the Federal Emergency Management Agency ahead of Hurricane Florence’s expected impact along the East Coast this week. About 70 trailers full of food, water, blankets, cots, tents and fuel will be on stand-by, ready to mobilize as needed from the Martinsburg, W.Va., base.
West Virginia and other states send hurricane teams
By Capt. Holli Nelson | Sept. 13, 2018
CHARLESTON, W. Va. - The West Virginia National Guard was ramping up efforts today to prepare for

South Carolina National Guard Soldiers, Chief Warrant Officers 2 Benji Long and James Honour, conduct pre-flight checks before lifting off with senior leaders from the South Carolina Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol to observe lane reversals of South Carolina Interstates 26, 77 and Highway 501 as Hurricane Florence heads towards the Carolinas' coasts Sept. 11, 2018.
South Carolina Guard in position to respond for Florence
By Sgt. Brad Mincey | Sept. 12, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Approximately 2,000 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen were

South Carolina Army National Guard Soldiers from the 118th Forward Support Company stage recovery equipment to provide support for disabled vehicles during the lane reversal of I-26 in North Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 11, 2018.  Approximately 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Hurricane Florence will increase in strength with potential to be a Category 4 storm and a projected path to make landfall near the Carolinas and East Coast.
Guard Soldiers and Airmen gearing up for Hurricane Florence
By Marine Corps Sgt. David Staten | Sept. 12, 2018
WASHINGTON — The governors of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland declared states

U.S. Airmen from the South Carolina Air National Guard and 169th Fighter Wing, prepare to deploy from McEntire Joint National Guard Base to Bluffton, South Carolina, to support partnered civilian agencies and safeguard the citizens of the state in advance of Hurricane Florence, September 10, 2018. Approximately 800 South Carolina National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Hurricane Florence will increase in strength with potential to be a Category 4 storm and a projected path to make landfall near the Carolinas and East Coast.
Va. Guard to support statewide response to Hurricane Florence
By Cotton Puryear | Sept. 10, 2018
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — The Virginia National Guard is planning to initially bring up to 1,500

South Carolina National Guard Soldiers from the 118th Forward Support Company transfer bulk diesel fuel into M987 HEMTT fuel tanker trucks for distribution in preparation to support partnered civilian agencies and safeguard the citizens of the state in advance of Hurricane Florence, in North Charleston, South Carolina, Sept. 10, 2018. Approximately 800 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Hurricane Florence will increase in strength with potential to be a Category 4 storm and a projected path to make landfall near the Carolinas and east coast.
S.C. Guard preparing to assist during Hurricane Florence
By Sgt. Brad Mincey | Sept. 10, 2018
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- As South Carolina residents and emergency responders prepare for Hurricane

South Carolina National Guard Soldiers from the 118th Forward Support Company transfer bulk diesel fuel into M987 HEMTT fuel tanker trucks for distribution in preparation to support partnered civilian agencies and safeguard the citizens of the state in advance of Hurricane Florence, Sept. 10, 2018.  Approximately 800 Soldiers and Airmen have been mobilized  to prepare, respond and participate in recovery efforts as forecasters project Hurricane Florence will increase in strength.
Southeastern states prepare for Hurricane Florence
By Virginia National Guard | Sept. 10, 2018
RICHMOND, Va. —Emergency preparations have been underway over the weekend in Virginia and other

 

Latest Hurricane Issac Articles
Richard Dessert, a Washington Air National Guard master sergeant, unloads emergency kits to residents in a remote mountain areas in Puerto Rico Oct. 5, 2017. On its current track, Hurricane Isaac is expected to bypass the island.
P.R. Guard ready as Hurricane Isaac tracks around island
By Maj. Paul Dahlen | Sept. 11, 2018
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Current projections indicate that Puerto Rico may be spared a direct hit