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Photos: National Guard in Action During Hurricane Sandy

Thousands of National Guard troops have been activated over the last few days to assist local, state, and national emergency management agencies. Some of those troops are working in their home states; others are flying in from places like California.

All of those National Guard soldiers and airmen have families who would undoubtedly have preferred to have their loved ones home during Hurricane Sandy. But off they went: into the rain and wind, into the dark, into danger.

Where I am outside of Philadelphia, my family is fortunate today: although our basement is flooded, we’re all safe, and incredibly, we never even lost power. In my neighborhood, a tree crashed into a house and injured an infant; families in low-lying areas had to evacuate, and my friend who is a volunteer firefighter was called out more than ten times last night for downed wires.

I am grateful. I am grateful for those who serve, those who respond, and their families.

Take a moment to check out these terrific photos of National Guard personnel in action, below.


  • New Jersey 1 of 22
    New Jersey
    Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy provide assistance to displaced residents at an emergency shelter at the Livingston Recreation Center, Piscataway Township, NJ.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
  • New Jersey 2 of 22
    New Jersey
    Sgt. Maximiliano Wong provides a family with infant formula in Piscataway Township, NJ.

    ((U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
  • New Jersey 3 of 22
    New Jersey
    Spc. Anthony Monte along with soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, mobilized for Hurricane Sandy.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
  • New Jersey 4 of 22
    New Jersey
    Sgt. Michael Ryno along with Soldiers from the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, New Jersey Army National Guard, provide food to families in Piscataway Township, N.J., Oct. 29, 2012.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen)
  • Maryland 5 of 22
    Maryland
    Maryland National Guard Soldiers from the 729th BSC and Bravo Troop, 1-158th CAV in Easton, Md., fill sandbags in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

    (Photo Credit: National Guard)
  • Maryland 6 of 22
    Maryland
    Members of the Maryland National Guard's 58th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade work with members of the Germantown Volunteer Fire Department in Germantown, Md., Oct. 29, in preparation of Hurricane Sandy.

    (Photo Credit: National Guard)
  • Massachusetts 7 of 22
    Massachusetts
    Members of the 179th and 180th Engineer Detachments, Massachusetts National Guard, fill sand bags in preparation for Hurricane Sandy at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation facility.

    (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. James C. Lally Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs)
  • Delaware 8 of 22
    Delaware
    Delaware Gov. Jack Markell visited Delaware National Guard troops headed to medical shelters in preparation for Hurricane Sandy.

    (Photo Credit: National Guard)
  • Virginia 9 of 22
    Virginia
    Virginia National Guard Soldiers perform maintenance on their vehicles as they prepare for possible recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, at the Norfolk National Guard Readiness Center. The Virginia National Guard staged personnel in Frederick sburg, the Richmond metro area, Eastern Shore area and Hampton Roads with personnel and equipment capable of performing high water transport, debris reduction and reconnaissance patrols.

    (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)
  • New York 10 of 22
    New York
    Aircraft from the 106th Rescue Wing depart F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base in preparation of Hurricane Sandy. The aircraft are repositioned out of the storm track and are prepare to return for recovery response operations. The 106th Rescue Wing's mission is to provide worldwide Personnel Recovery, Combat Search and Rescue Capability, Expeditionary Combat Support, and Civil Search and Rescue support to Federal and State authorities. The unit provides Personnel Recovery to the state of New York and deployed operations that we are tasked to support.

    (Official U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Eric Miller)
  • California 11 of 22
    California
    More than 100 California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing prepare to mobilize to the East Coast to assist with Hurricane Sandy rescue efforts. Two MC-130P Combat Shadow aircraft, two HH-60G Pave Hawk rescue helicopters and two Guardian Angel Pararescue teams mobilized to the East Coast on Monday to provide life-saving rescue capabilities to those in need in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

    (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Ray Aquino)
  • Pennsylvania 12 of 22
    Pennsylvania
    Brig. Gen. Timothy Hilty, Director of the Joint Staff, Pennsylvania National Guard, and Col. Marc Ferraro, Chief of Staff, Pennsylvania National Guard, meet with Army Corps of Engineers personnel part of a deployable tactical operation system (DTOS). The personnel making up the DTOS were sent to Fort Indiantown Gap from Corps of Engineers districts based out Savannah, Ga., St. Louis, Mo., and Fort Bragg, N.C. They were deployed to Pennsylvania to provide emergency power for municipalities when needed as a result of any critical outages caused by Hurricane Sandy.

    (Pennsylvania National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Ted Nichols)
  • Washington, D.C. 13 of 22
    Washington, D.C.
    A D.C. National Guardsman prepares a military vehicle for storm response as part of preparations for Hurricane Sandy.

    (Photo Credit: National Guard)
  • Virginia 14 of 22
    Virginia
    Virginia National Guard soldiers from G Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct reconnaissance patrols in support of Hurricane Sandy operations Monday in Norfolk, Va.

    (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class A. J. Coyne, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)
  • Delaware 15 of 22
    Delaware
    Delaware National Guard Soldiers from the 153rd MP Company respond to Hurricane Sandy.

    (Photo by Sgt. Wendy McDougall)
  • Virginia 16 of 22
    Virginia
    Virginia National Guard Soldiers from G Company, 429th Brigade Support Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct reconnaissance patrols in support of Hurricane Sandy operations Monday in Norfolk, Va.

    (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)
  • Virginia 17 of 22
    Virginia
    Soldiers from the Fredericksburg-based Company A, 116th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team conduct chain saw refresher training outside the Fredericksburg readiness center.

    (Photo by Cotton Puryear, Virginia National Guard Public Affairs)
  • Virginia 18 of 22
    Virginia
    Virginia National Guard Soldiers perform maintenance on their vehicles as they prepare for possible recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy at the Norfolk National Guard Readiness Center.

    (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)
  • New Jersey 19 of 22
    New Jersey
    New Jersey Army National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Kenneth Williams scouts for damage out the back of a M35 2½ ton cargo truck on Monday outside of Atlantic City, N.J. in support of relief operations for Hurricane Sandy.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Matt Hecht)
  • New Jersey 20 of 22
    New Jersey
    A soldier with the New Jersey Army National Guard watches as Hurricane Sandy intensifies at the 177th Fighter Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, where soldiers and airmen are staging relief operations. The 177th Fighter Wing is located at Atlantic City International Airport, N.J.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Matt Hecht)
  • New Jersey 21 of 22
    New Jersey
    New Jersey Army National Guardsman Staff Sgt. Kenneth Williams hands sand bags out the back of a M35 2½ ton cargo truck on Oct. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J. in support of local residents during Hurricane Sandy.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Matt Hecht)
  • New Jersey 22 of 22
    New Jersey
    A view out the back of a New Jersey Army National Guard M35 2½ ton cargo truck conducting relief operations on Oct. 29 in Atlantic City, N.J. during Hurricane Sandy.

    (U.S. Air Force photo by TSgt. Matt Hecht)

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