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Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright of Savannah's 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, carries 21-month old Parris into a shelter at the Glenn Hills Baptist Church during a mission to evacuate a family from their home which lost power and heat during Winter Storm Pax. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Michael Uribe / Released)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Georgia Army and Air National Guardsmen joined forces in Augusta to assist local responders during Winter Storm Pax. More than 80 Georgia Air National Guardsmen from Savannah’s 165th Air Support Operations Squadron joined Army National Guardsmen of the 878th Engineering Battalion in a cooperative effort.

The 165th ASOS conducted route reconnaissance and route clearance missions, removing more than 20 downed trees from the roads. The airmen also transported several citizens from their homes to nearby shelter and transported key local agency personnel to critical work sites.

“Our mission was to patrol the Interstate 20 corridor to identify motorists in need and render assistance.” said Maj. Nicholas Anthony, the 165th ASOS team officer in charge.

The soldiers and airmen operated in an area encompassing Augusta, Elberton, Monroe and Athens. They were part of a statewide effort involving more than 1,000 Georgia Guardsmen and Georgia State Defense force personnel operating from 150 vehicles.

The ice storm left many residents without power and heat. Several vehicles were stuck in ditches throughout the city, and Guardsmen used their tactical vehicles to pull the cars out. A couple that lived near the Augusta armory was provided shelter, warmth and a hot meal by an 878th Engineer Battalion soldier who had only recently returned from Afghanistan.

“I just want to tell the Georgia Guard thank you,” said Augusta resident Paige McDaniels after members of the 165th ASOS transported her and her three grandchildren to a local church that provided shelter to families in need. “The Guard did an awesome job, I appreciate it.”


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This work, Georgia Army and Air Guardsmen help Augusta residents, by SSG Richard Holdridge, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:02.12.2014

Date Posted:02.12.2014 23:25

Location:AUGUSTA, GA, USGlobe

Hometown:ATLANTA, GA, US

Hometown:AUGUSTA, GA, US

Hometown:ELBERTON, GA, US

Hometown:MARIETTA, GA, US

Hometown:MONROE, GA, US

Hometown:WASHINGTON, DC, US

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