Virginia National Guard at-the-ready for winter storm response

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Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct pre-mission maintenance checks Dec. 16, 2020, in Staunton, Virginia. Approximately 60 Soldiers and 20 vehicles are staged for state emergency support duty at multiple locations in the northwest area of the state, and they are ready to assist local and state emergency agencies respond to potential impacts from winter weather along the I-81 and I-66 corridors. (Photo courtesy 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team).

RICHMOND, Va. (WFXR) – The Virginia National Guard (VNG) has staged approximately 60 Soldiers and 20 vehicles for a response as heavy winter precipitation is forecast, especially in the northern part of Virginia.

Expected missions for the VNG include using Humvees and light/medium tactical trucks to provide transportation for first responders through deep snow or to help evacuate citizens in need of shelter and providing debris reduction teams with chain saws to help clear roads if needed.

“I am incredibly proud of how quickly and safely our personnel respond to the call to stage for possible winter storm response operations. Our men and women leave their families and their jobs on short notice so they can be available for duty, and I thank them for their dedication. our state partners count on us to provide the capabilities requested by Virginia communities, and we are honored to be part of the multi-agency helping our fellow Virginians in times of need.”

Maj. Gen. Tomothy P. Williams, Adjutant General of Virginia

Soldiers assigned to the Staunton-based 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are staged in readiness centers in Staunton, Winchester and Warrenton areas. Plus, additional Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members are on duty providing mission command, sustainment and public information support, all due to Gov. Northam’s State of Emergency order issued for this storm.

Individuals who are impacted by the winter storm who need assistance should contact local authorities or 911 in cases of emergency.

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