Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that more than 850 Soldiers and 250 vehicles from Army National Guard units from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Massachusetts will begin arriving in New York at noon today to assist in Hurricane Sandy response efforts.
These troops, who will fall under the command of Governor Cuomo, will be ready for missions on Monday, November 5. They bring additional specialized equipment and capabilities for various missions.
The New York Army and Air National Guard has been a powerful force in the States efforts to prepare and respond to the Storm, Governor Cuomo said. As we work to recover our communities, these additional troops and equipment will be invaluable assets, and I thank the governors of these five states for their quick response to send assistance to the State of New York.
The units which will begin arriving in New York City today are:
- The 272nd Military Police Company of the Massachusetts Army National Guard which will bring 170 Soldiers and 38 vehicles;
- The 28th Military Police Company of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard which will bring 170 Soldiers and 38 vehicles;
- The 1484th Truck Company of the Ohio Army National Guard which will bring 176 Soldiers and 72 vehicles;
- The 1049th Truck Company of the Delaware Army National Guard which will bring 176 Soldiers and 72 vehicles;
- And Company A of the Brigade Support Battalion of the 2nd Brigade 28th Infantry Division, Pennsylvania Army National Guard which will bring 36 vehicles and 170 Soldiers.
These units, provided by the other states, bring military trucks and humvees which are useful for running food and water distribution sites, augmenting police and fire operations, and doing health and welfare checks in neighborhoods at the direction of civilian emergency responders. They will be housed in a logistics support area at Floyd Bennett Field in Queens.
New York requested the additional units through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) system. EMAC agreements allow the governor of one state to send personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states. When National Guard units of one state are lent to another state, they fall under the command of the governor of the receiving state.
So far, the New York National Guard has mobilized more than 3,300 Citizen Soldiers and Airmen, with more National Guard members available for deployment.