BREAKING NEWS: Delaware National Guard continues preparation

The Delaware National Guard is continuing to position troops and equipment as #SandyDE approaches.

“Within the next 12-18 hours, we will have approximately 250 support personnel in place and ready to assist with the needs of the state and citizens of Delaware,” said Maj. Gen. Frank Vavala, adjutant general, Delaware National Guard. “We are in constant communication with the state’s first responders and tailoring our support packages to meet their requirements,” he added.

In response to the limited State of Emergency, this morning the Delaware National Guard began activating soldiers and airmen. Medical technicians, nurses and physicians from the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron are en route to medical needs shelters at Cape Henlopen and William Penn high schools. Military vehicles, drivers and military liaison officers are being placed at the four Emergency Operation Centers (EOC) in the state.

In Sussex County, the EOC will have six HMMWVs (High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, commonly called “Humvees”) and six FMTV trucks. FMTV is the acronym for Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles. They are providing a combination of 2.5 and 5 ton FMTVs. Each can transport a dozen passengers and can navigate through several feet of water. Each vehicle will have a driver and assistant driver. Additionally, each Delaware State Police troop will have a minimum of one HMMWV and two drivers.

Internally, he said, they have Force Provider command and control at Readiness Centers in Newport, Smyrna and Georgetown, along with our Joint Operations Center in the Wilmington headquarters.
Earlier today, they hangared their fleet of Black Hawk helicopters and evacuated their C-130 aircraft to a sister Air Guard Base in Michigan.

The 153rd Military Police Company, which will deploy to Afghanistan in early 2013, has approximately 150 soldiers and the capability to assist local law enforcement with evacuation and access control.
Additional capabilities include communications, providing limited amounts of drinkable water and wreckers for removing stranded vehicles.

“We are able to provide a wide spectrum of support and using this limited lead time to ensure all resources are in the right place,” said Vavala.

The Delaware National Guard will continue to participate in frequent “bridge” calls with the state to monitor the situation. Those who require assistance should contact the Delaware Emergency Management Agency at (302) 659-3362.