FRANKFORT, Ky. -- By direction of Gov. Steve Beshear and under command of Maj. Gen. Edward W. Tonini, Adjutant General for Kentucky, more than 100 troops have been mobilized in response to last night's severe weather.
"The Kentucky National Guard has been working since early Tuesday morning in anticipation of these catastrophic storms that have besieged so many of our citizens," said Tonini. "We've made all of the Guard's resources available to Govenor Steve Beshear who has been traveling in the stricken area with Brig. Gen. Lonnie Culver and Brig. Gen. Norman Arflack to survey the damage and meet with local officials.
"I want to assure everyone that, despite fighting the Global War against Terrorism, we are well equipped and, most important, extremely experienced at handling these situations. More than 7,000 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen stand ready to support the needs of Kentuckians across the Commonwealth during a wide range of disasters at this time."
The total Kentucky Guard resoruces mobilized to date include 112 personnel, 32 humvees, two UH-60 Black Hawks, one wrecker, one fuel tanker and a bus. The Kentucky National Guard currently has more than 8,300 members, approximately 500 of which are currently deployed overseas. The largest deployment in-state for the Kentucky guard was the 1997 flood, with about 1,600 troops on State Active Duty during that crisis.
At present, the Kentucky National Guard is providing support to civilian authorities in:
The Central-City-based 307th Maintenance Company has 35 Soldiers, 15 humvees, one wrecker and one bus supporting Muhlenberg County, providing security support to the Kentucky State Police and local law enforcement. The 307th is mobilizing additional personnel and will provide 24-hour security coverage. All told, the 307th will have more than j70 personnel to meet this mission.
Soldiers at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center are providing the Muhlenberg Water Company with electric generators and personnel to maintain the community water supply. A similar generator is being provided to Polplar Grove Rest Home. Troops are also providing bulk water supply to the local Job Corps facility.
The Kentucky National Guard Mobile Command Post is being deployed to Muhlenberg County to provide phones and data capability to the county government.
The First Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery is providing 22 Soldiers and four humvees to provide security support to the state and local law enforcement in the communities of Tompkinsville and Gamaliel. These troops will provide 24-hour security operations for homes damaged by the overnight storms.
The 63rd Aviation Brigade -- based in Frankfort -- has provided 10 Soldiers and two UH-60 Black Hawks to fly Beshear and Kentucky National Guard and Kentucky Emergency Management officials to visit the disaster areas.
The 149th Brigade Support Battalion -- located in Bowling Green -- has been tasked to provide six personnel to prep equipment for potential response in Western Kentucky and as a relief force for mobilized units.