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Guardsmen Bring Combat Skills to Fighting Western Fires

Fighting wildfires is "like being in a combat zone, just we're not getting shot at," said Army Sgt. Julian Ross, one of the California National Guardsmen called up to battle the wildfires in his state.

SOP newswire3Power Restoration In Puerto Rico Could Take Up to a Year - The Army Corps of Engineers is installing up to 500 temporary generators until Puerto Ricos old and deteriorating power grid can be made operational again, but long-term total power restoration could take nearly a year, the Corps chief of engineers told reporters at the Pentagon today.
SOP newswire3General Details Progress, What Remains to be Done in Puerto Rico - Military personnel helping the people of Puerto Rico have made great progress since Hurricane Maria hit on Sept. 20, said Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the commander of ground forces on the island, but, he added, the scale and scope of devastation caused by the storm was so great that much remains to be done.
SOP newswire3California National Guard Mobilizes to Help Battle Massive Wildfires - - Following an emergency declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown, the state National Guard was mobilizing resources today to assist civil authorities in the battle against massive wildfires that have already killed 10 people.
SOP newswire3Puerto Rico Response Continues With More Than 13,000 Personnel - The Defense Department continues to respond to deadly hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, with 13,229 personnel now on the island and medical support operations ongoing aboard the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort near San Juan, Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis reported today.
SOP newswire3Distributing Food, Water Remains Top Priority, Puerto Rico Governor Says - The distribution of food and water remains the top priority in Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said today at a news conference in San Juan.
SOP newswire3DoD Ready to Respond After Hurricane Nate - Defense Department personnel stand ready to respond in the Gulf Coast for any request for assistance following Hurricane Nate.
SOP newswire3Little Rock Airman Supports Family in Puerto Rico - What does a person do when family faces strife on an island thousands of miles away?
SOP newswire3Puerto Rico Governor Updates Pence on Recovery Efforts - Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said today he briefed Vice President Mike Pence yesterday on the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and underscored the need for urgent, ongoing support following the devastation from Hurricane Maria.
SOP newswire3U.S. Northern Command Prepares for Tropical Storm Nate - DoD personnel are helping with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and now the departments U.S. Northern Command is preparing for the approach of Tropical Storm Nate, Pentagon officials said today.
SOP newswire3Puerto Rico Governor Praises DoD for Hurricane Relief Efforts - Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello this morning described the relief missions on the U.S. island territory following Hurricane Marias devastation as part of a comprehensive effort and thanked the Defense Department for its assistance.
SOP newswire3Over 11,000 DoD Personnel Aid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts - More than 11,000 Defense Department personnel now are in Puerto Rico, helping the U.S. territory recover from the wrath of Hurricane Maria in the areas of logistics, medical support and aviation.
SOP newswire3Hospital Ship Arrives in Puerto Rico - Defense Department personnel continue to arrive in Puerto Rico to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, with roughly 10,000 DoD members working with commonwealth officials across the island, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said during a news conference in San Juan today.
SOP newswire3Food, Water, Fuel Still Priorities for Puerto Rico - Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello briefed reporters today on progress the unified collaboration of commonwealth and federal officials has made in delivering aid to the people of the island following Hurricane Maria.
SOP newswire3Federal Emergency Response Working Smoothly, Puerto Rico Governor Says - Puerto Rico governor said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way.
SOP newswire3Military Officials Outline Hurricane Relief Efforts - The numerous natural disasters of the past couple of weeks have cut a wide swath across the United States from Florida and the Caribbean region to the West Coast, Air Force Maj. Gen. Derek P. Rydholm, deputy to the chief of the Air Force Reserve told Pentagon reporters today.
SOP newswire3Northcom Providing Disaster Relief Following Hurricane Maria - U.S. Northern Command is fully engaged with federal, state, and local mission partners as the command provides support to the response efforts for Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.
SOP newswire3Southcom Commander: Military Hurricane Assistance Fast, Flexible - The strength and force of recent hurricanes in the Caribbean left historic levels of devastation on several island nations and territories in the region, said Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command.
SOP newswire3National Guard Chief Observes Troops in Action Amid Hurricane Damage, Wildfires - As Army and Air National Guard troops worked in the hardest-hit areas of Florida, so too did guardsmen work amid a raging fire in Oregon, as observed by a National Guard Bureau team that traveled to both crises Sept. 16-17.
SOP newswire3National Guard Plans Relief Efforts as Hurricane Maria Slams Puerto Rico - National Guard troops and members of federal agencies throughout the Caribbean region are hunkering down and making disaster relief preparations as Hurricane Maria made landfall today in Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, with winds of 150 mph, weather officials said.
SOP newswire3Tennessee Air Guard Imagery Analysis Supports Hurricane Relief Effort - Members of the Tennessee Air National Guards 118th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group based at Joint Base Berry Field here are supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agencys relief efforts in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
SOP newswire3Florida Air Guardsmen Assist Elderly at Florida Shelters - When disaster strikes, first responders jump into action at a moments notice. When Hurricane Irma sent hundreds of civilians into special-needs shelters here, moments weren't long enough.
SOP newswire3Marines Assist Irma Relief Efforts in Caribbean, Florida - Since the beginning of the Hurricane Irma disaster relief effort, Marines have successfully evacuated 1,600 citizens stranded on Caribbean islands that took Irmas full impact, and delivered more than 52,000 pounds of supplies and equipment here.
SOP newswire3Soldiers Continue to Support Irma Response - The Army -- including active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members -- remains involved in, or is prepared to support state, territory, or other federal agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of Hurricane Irma relief operations in the continental United States and the Caribbean, Army spokesperson Cynthia O. Smith said today in a statement.
SOP newswire3Wisconsin Guard, Other State Units, Contribute to Irma Response - As the nation marked the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, more than 2,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops began loading up into military trucks or aircraft, as they made their way to Florida to assist Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
SOP newswire3Pentagon Provides Update on Hurricane Irma Relief Operations - The Defense Department has initiated operations in Florida in response to Hurricane Irma and also continued response operations in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, according to a DoD statement issued today.
SOP newswire3Almost 10K Total Army Personnel Engaged in Irma Response - The Total Army, which includes active duty, Reserve, and Army National Guard personnel, remains involved in or prepared to support state, territory and other federal agencies as part of Hurricane Irma relief operations, Army spokesman Col. Patrick Seiber said yesterday.
SOP newswire3DoD Continues Hurricane Irma Response Operations - The Defense Department is well-postured for Hurricane Irma response operations in Florida with maritime and air-ground assets, as the department also continues its response operations throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and other Caribbean locales, DoD spokesman Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis said today in a statement.
SOP newswire3President Urges Vigilance as Irma Approaches Southern Florida - As Hurricane Irma continues to approach the coast of southern Florida today the federal government is working with state and local agencies to help save lives, protect families, and assist those in need, President Donald J. Trump said yesterday as part of his weekly address to the nation.
SOP newswire3Colorado Air National Guard Sends Commo Unit for Irma Response - A special communications section of the Colorado Air National Guard is staging to Mississippi to assist civilian authorities in areas impacted by Hurricane Irma.
SOP newswire3Army Assets Ready to Respond to Hurricane Irma - More than 7,400 Army personnel, including active duty, reserve and National Guard soldiers, as well as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civilian members are involved in or prepared to support state, local and territory agencies or other federal agencies.
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