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The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice

 

The closest ocean shoreline to Ohio is about 300 miles away, yet the Ohio National Guard is prepping for a new hurricane season. That’s because a series of major hurricanes that hit the United States last year drove home the importance of being ready at a moment’s notice.

The Ohio National Guard was engaged with rescue and relief efforts in August and September 2017, with more than 400 of its Airmen and Soldiers deployed to Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. They provided assistance and equipment in the form of communications, medical aid, transportation, shelters, mobile kitchens, water purification and imagery analysis.

While the missions were successfully completed, there were lessons learned from such an unprecedented hurricane season. Col. Jeffrey Suver, director of Joint Operations for the Ohio National Guard, said last year’s experience showed the importance of a joint staff that could move large numbers of personnel and equipment over the Atlantic Ocean to the islands.

“Having Air Guard liaison officers and air movement specialists in the joint operations center was critical to our success,” Suver said. “They were able to interface with systems the Army Guard could not see and were tied in tightly with National Guard Bureau’s Crisis Action Team to ensure we tracked and obtained vital airlift needed.”¬† Read more

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The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice

The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice

The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice

The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice

The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice

The Ohio National Guard: Ready for disaster response at a moment’s notice