Mission Draws Down

Indiana National Guard, Joint Force Headquarters
Story by Spc. William Henry

Date: 06.15.2008
Posted: 06.15.2008 18:11
News ID: 20499
Mission Draws Down

By Spc. William E. Henry
Indiana National Guard

INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana National Guard Soldiers and Airmen began redeployment to home station on June 15. Soldiers and Airmen moved out of southwest Indiana following their response for flooding.

Joint Task Force - 81 will have sixty Soldiers stay behind in the vicinity of East Mount Carmel, Ind., and New Harmony, Ind. These Soldiers will work with local responders to observe water level at local levees.

Soldiers and Airmen have worked with communities for the last eight days in their efforts to keep the water out of their communities. The Indiana National Guard worked with citizens to protect critical infrastructure and historical sites.

The Indiana National Guard is thankful for the support the communities have given the Airmen and Soldiers during the emergency.

"We have two missions as Guardsmen," said Brig. Gen. David Harris, JTF commander. "We have more than 4,000 Soldiers and Airmen currently deployed across the world. In the past week we responded in the State of Indiana to all missions directed by Indiana Department of Homeland Security with over 1,300 Soldiers and Airmen. We are proud to be citizen Soldiers and Airmen serving Indiana."