Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Fletcher announces mobilization of Kentucky Air and Army National Guard Troops

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, August 31, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


More than 260 troops preparing to support of Hurricane Katrina destruction

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher today announced the mobilization of more than 260 Kentucky Air and Army National Guard troops to support the humanitarian relief mission in response the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina.

“Once again Kentuckians have been called to answer our nation’s call,” said Governor Fletcher.  “Our hearts ache to see the death and destruction brought on by this historic disaster and we are committed to support our neighbors in whatever way we can.  To do any less would be unconscionable.  This is our duty as public officials, as National Guard men and women, and as citizens of this great nation.”

Governor Fletcher called upon Major General Donald C. Storm, Adjutant General for Kentucky, to oversee the deployment of Kentucky guard troops, which will come from a variety of units from across the commonwealth.

“Our soldiers and airmen stand ready to do battle against the terrible misfortune that the people of Mississippi and Louisiana now face,” said Major General Donald C. Storm.  “It is during times such as these that the men and women of the Kentucky National Guard step up and are counted on to do the right thing, and I am confident they will represent the spirit of this great commonwealth.”

In response to requests from authorities in Mississippi and Louisiana, the Kentucky National Guard is providing the following support.

AIR NATIONAL GUARD

  • The Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville will serve to receive sick and injured from the stricken area where they will be further transported to local Louisville medical facilities.  
  • Two C-130 transports from the Kentucky Air National Guard delivering to Louisiana nearly 200,000 sandbags and members of the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron.  This unit is composed of individuals trained and equipped for pararescue and swift water rescue missions.  The C-130s will also be used to support aeromedical evacuation missions in the stricken areas. 
  • These aircraft will leave the Air National Guard Base in Louisville this afternoon.  

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

  • An Army National Guard Composite Truck Company with 150 soldiers, 50 5 Ton and 2½ ton trucks, 4 fuel tankers, 4 heavy wreckers, a maintenance section and a command and control personnel.  This unit will arrive in Mississippi on Sunday, September 4th. 
  • An Army National Guard Composite Distribution/Disaster Relief Company with 100 soldiers, 25 humvees.  This company will be organized in 25 four-person teams.  This unit is scheduled to arrive in Mississippi as early as Saturday, September 3rd.  

BLUEGRASS STATION/DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY AFFAIRS

  • The Kentucky Logistics Center has provided several thousand protective suits, masks, military uniforms, boots and gloves, as well as a thousand cots.  These items are already en route.  

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:  David Altom, 502-607-1561, cell 502-330-3535