MEDIA ADVISORY: Army Reserve units complete Hurricane Sandy relief mission in New York

99th Readiness Division
Story by Staff Sgt. Shawn Morris

Date: 11.16.2012
Posted: 11.16.2012 13:28
News ID: 97931

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.- What: Three Army Reserve units return after completing their Hurricane Sandy relief mission

Who: The Army Reserve’s 401st, 410th and 431st Quartermaster Teams

When: Saturday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m. All media will need to arrive at approximately 9:40 a.m. for media brief and escort.

Where: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Background: The Army Reserve mobilized three tactical water distribution units to aid with hurricane relief efforts in areas in New York affected by Hurricane Sandy.

This was the first time that U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers have been activated for a domestic natural disaster under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which streamlined the process for Federal Reserve forces to mobilize in support of relief efforts within local communities.

At the direction of U.S. Northern Command, the 401st, 410th, and 431st Quartermaster Teams, from Lock Haven, Penn., Gainesville, Fla., and Kinston, N.C., respectively, activated for allocation to the affected areas. The units each consist of about 25 Soldiers and each unit is designed to operate six 600-gallon-per-minute water pumps.

The Army Reserve is able to leverage both military and civilian skills of its Soldiers in disaster responses. With its nationwide presence, the Army Reserve is uniquely positioned to assist local officials in relief efforts throughout the country. The Army Reserve provides trained and ready Soldiers and cohesive units to meet mission requirements.

Interested news organizations are invited. Working journalists should have photo ID.

For additional information, contact the 99th RSC Public Affairs Office at (732) 773-3026.