Video: New Jersey National Guardsmen Aid Fellow Citizens During Hurricane Sandy
Soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard’s 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team aid their fellow citizens as Hurricane Sandy approaches the New Jersey shoreline. These Citizen Soldiers are helping to provide a safe place to stay for those who have evacuated the coastal areas. The Werbly and Livingston Recreation Centers at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick Campus are going to be home for the next few days for New Jersey’s finest as they provide security, cots and meals to their neighbors. These Guardsmen are joined in their mission by members of the New Jersey State Police, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. The National Guard has transitioned to a State Active Duty Joint Task Force with more than 1,100 Airmen and Soldiers. The National Guard has safely and efficiently repositioned personnel, vehicles, and associated equipment to areas with greatest anticipated storm impact. More than 450 high-water vehicles including Humvees and heavy trucks are available to assist civil authorities. Their individual civilian and military skill sets will greatly enhance the support they provide to law enforcement, municipalities, and residents of our great state. The National Guard has completed preparations through U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau to coordinate the use, if necessary, of Active Duty military forces for additional military first response. Available in high definition. More Information will be forthcoming as things progress.