National Guard forces respond in storm-struck states
Sgt. Michael Ryno along with soldiers from the New Jersey Army National Guard provide assistance to residents displaced by Hurricane Sandy at an emergency shelter in Piscataway Township, N.J.,
October 30th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

National Guard forces respond in storm-struck states

By Larry Shaughnessy

Governors from North Carolina to New England activated National Guard forces to respond to flooding and other damage from Sandy.

The most immediate demand was for Humvees and military trucks able to negotiate high waters.

The New Jersey Guard launched a helicopter to get a look at damage along hard-hit shore areas. One stretch showed sand washing into homes at least 100 yards from the normal high tide line.

New York had nearly 2,300 troops helping out, many of them in New York City where they will assist police and fire get through flooded areas.

Pararescue jumpers from the 106th Rescue Wing of the New York Air National Guard used Zodiac boats for rescue efforts in Atlantic Beach, a community near Far Rockaway and John F. Kennedy airport.

Maryland's National Guard sent troops with vehicles capable of driving through deep waters in the southern part of the state and the Eastern Shore

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta briefed President Barack Obama on Tuesday on Pentagon-related developments.

In addition to Panetta, the video call included key governors, Vice President Joe Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate, Adm. Sandy Winnefeld, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Charles Jacoby, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command, according to a White House statement.

Earlier Tuesday, Panetta briefed his top leaders, including Winnefeld, Gen. Frank Grass, the head of the National Guard Bureau, Lt. General Thomas Bostick, the commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Paul Stockton, the Pentagon's assistant secretary for homeland defense, Panetta spokesman George Little said.

Stockton has been communicating with the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the chief of the National Guard Bureau throughout the day to ensure that their capabilities and resources are ready to respond to the requests for assistance from emergency management officials and governors whose states are impacted by the storm, Pentagon spokesman Col. Tom Crosson told CNN in an e-mail.

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  1. Lysette

    And is it just me, or is that photo the wrong way around? o.O

    October 31, 2012 at 6:13 am | Reply
  2. Lysette

    Bush got it wrong with Katrina, Obama (*as any president should) is getting it right. Congress decides when to fight wars, businesses create jobs, companies provide power etc etc. When bad things are happening, the President as commander in chief really should put aside whatever else he was doing, even campaigning, and say to the State Governors "tell me what you need".

    October 31, 2012 at 6:12 am | Reply
    • Guest

      What, specifically, is Obama doing?

      You don't even know. The only thing you're aware of is you like Obama and you don't like Bush, so your mind sees the facts the way it needs to to validate it.

      October 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  3. Romney Wants To Get Rid Of FEMA

    How do you storm victims feel about that?

    October 30, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Reply
    • Guest

      And the President wants to cut the defense funding that pays for things like the National Guard who are so useful during times of crisis. What's your point?

      October 31, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
      • Hahahahahahahahahaah

        No. The president wants to cut "Offensive" military spending. That is money wasted in overseas bases, etc. Not here. Idiot. Hahahahahahahaah

        November 1, 2012 at 11:44 am |

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