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National Guard responds to Hurricane Irene

More than 2,000 Soldiers and Airmen move to East Coast

Tennessee Military DepartmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Major General Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General, announced today that more than 2,000 Tennessee National Guard troops will respond to East Coast states to assist in rescue and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

“Tennessee received a request through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact for troops and equipment for rescue and recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Irene,” said MG Haston.  “The Tennessee Army and Air National Guard stand ready to assist however needed.”

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact is a congressionally ratified organization that provides form and structure to interstate mutual aid.

Through EMAC, a disaster impacted state can request and receive assistance from other member states quickly and efficiently, resolving two key issues upfront: liability and reimbursement.

The Tennessee Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment is scheduled to begin movement Monday of more than 2,000 Soldiers to stage at Fort Pickett, VA, as a Quick Reaction Force ready to respond as needed to assist existing forces in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and Delaware. Their primary mission is to save lives, maintain peace and order and mitigate human suffering in the aftermath of the hurricane.

The 278th will be augmented with a Joint Incident Site Communications Capability unit to establish radio, telephone and internet access during the operation.

The 278th will also be augmented with four Military Police Companies from the 30th Troop Command, the 45th Civil Support Team, and the 1176th Transportation Company from the 230th Sustainment Brigade.

The Tennessee Army National Guard is also scheduled to move a total of five UH60 & HH60 Blackhawk helicopters from the 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron to North Carolina to conduct MEDIVAC, search and reconnaissance and movement of supplies and personnel in support of the North Carolina National Guard.

The Tennessee Army and Air National Guard units responding are:

Headquarters, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment Knoxville
Troop B, Regimental Troops Squadron Knoxville
HHT, 3/278 ACR Mount Carmel
Troop K, 3/278 ACR Newport
Troop L, 3/278 ACR Greeneville
HHT, Regimental Support Squadron Smyrna
Troop A, Regimental Support Squadron Lobelville/New Tazewell
Troop B, Regimental Support Squadron Columbia
Troop C, Regimental Support Squadron Knoxville
Troop D (-), Regimental Support Squadron Clinton
45th Civil Support Team (WMD) Smyrna
1176th Transportation Company Tullahoma
251st Military Police Company Bolivar, Savannah
267th Military Police Company Dickson, Waverly
269th Military Police Company Murfreesboro
252nd Military Police Company Cleveland, Louisville
Joint Incident Site Communications Capability Nashville
HHT, 1/230 Air Cavalry Squadron Smyrna
Company C, 1-169th Aviation Smyrna
Troop D, 1/230 Air Cavalry Squadron Smyrna
118th Airlift Wing Nashville

Earlier this week the Tennessee National Guard received aircraft from coastal bases along the East Coast threatened by Hurricane Irene. More than 80 evacuated aircraft have been accepted at four National Guard facilities in Nashville, Smyrna and Knoxville.


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