Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky National Guard Gets Help From Other States in Effort to Clear Debris

Press Release Date:  Friday, February 06, 2009  
Contact Information:  David Altom
Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky Department of Military Affairs

Fifty-three members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard are en route with dump trucks and front end loaders to assist the debris clearing mission in Western Kentucky. Assigned to the 157th Mechanized Enhanced Brigade, the Wisconsin Citizen-Soldiers are expected to arrive late this afternoon in Western Kentucky where they will coordinate their assignments with local officials.

Wisconsin joins Florida, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia in their contribution to the relief mission. In addition to troops, Kentucky has received engineering equipment, humvees and mobile communication suites from other states to assist in the relief effort.

"We welcome the support we are getting from the other states," said Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, adjutant general for Kentucky. "Kentucky is usually sending troops to help others. Now it is our turn to receive assistance, and for this we are extremely grateful."

More than 4,000 Kentucky National Guard troops remain on duty, removing debris and running communications sites in addition to delivering essential supplies.

With freezing temperatures and power outages affecting tens of thousands of homes throughout the state, wellness checks remain a top priority for Kentucky Guard troops. Ninety-six of Kentucky's 120 counties have been cleared or do not require assistance. Nearly a million and a half bottles of water and 800,000 meals have been delivered so far to those in need.

"Our National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are committed to ensuring the safety and security of everyone victimized by this disaster," added Tonini. "We'll be here until the job is done."

For high resolution photographs of Kentucky's Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen performing their winter storm mission, visit: