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FEMA uses 167th Airlift Wing as staging area for storm relief
Joseph D'Angelo, Joe D'Angelo, FEMA's Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) logistics chief for Region III comments to West Virginia National Guardsman, Master Sgt. Keith Bibb, 77th Brigade property book officer, during a meeting to coordinate operations at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia by the 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company based in Kingwood W.Va. and Delta 230th FSC based in Glen Jean, W.Va. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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Air National Guard assists FEMA, provides staging area for storm relief

Posted 11/5/2012   Updated 11/5/2012 Email story   Print story


by Staff Sgt. Sherre Grebenstein

11/5/2012 - MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency stared using West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing here Thursday as a staging area to push out much needed storm relief supplies to Mountain State residents hit hardest by Super Storm Sandy.

Airmen and Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard are working in tandem to ensure the emergency supplies trucked in from around the country will be distributed to those in need.

The Air National Guard is assisting FEMA as part of its Domestic Operations mission, assisting federal and local agencies during times of natural and manmade disasters.

Operations spun up operations Thursday morning with approximately 3.5 million liters of water, 600,000 self-heating emergency meals as well as infant and toddler kits slated to be delivered as needed during relief efforts.

"We will maintain 80 to 100 truckloads here at all times," said Joe D'Angelo, FEMA's Incident Management Assistance Team logistics chief for Region III.
D'Angelo said he expects the base to be used as a staging area through at least next week.

Two companies from the West Virginia Army National Guard's 77th Brigade will be tasked with distributing the needed supplies to Mountain State residents. Guardsmen from the 1201st Forward Support Company and Delta 230th FSC will take to the roadways to drop off the supplies.

"We're going to turn them into ice truckers," said Master Sgt. Keith Bibb, a property book officer for the 77th Brigade.

As of Thursday evening, the 120 Guardsmen assigned to the mission were awaiting their first marching orders to begin distribution of the supplies.

"We're loaded, cocked and ready to go," Bibb said. "We are staged waiting for our mission."

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