An additional 150 Soldiers and Airmen have been called to State Active Duty by the West Virginia Air National Guard to continue the efforts of storm cleanup after the June 29 derecho.
The most recent personnel boost brings the total number to 450. About 400 West Virginia Air National Guard members have been deployed across the state to help clear debris from roadways and to transport fuel and generators to some of the state's critical infrastructure such as water treatment facilities, hospitals, nursing homes and cooling stations.
"I have been traveling every day since the storm hit with the National Guard," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in a news release. "The additional troops will continue to provide valuable assistance to seniors and families across the state."
The WVNG Health and Wellness teams also are going door to door in communities, checking on West Virginia residents and identifying their needs so emergency personnel can follow up with water and supplies.
National Guard members also are on the roads transporting water, generators, food and other items.
"Our Soldiers and Airmen continue to work hand-in-hand with the WV State Department of Highways and all other state agencies as well as with local authorities and community groups," West Virginia Adjutant General Maj. Gen. James A. Hoyer said in a news release. "Many of these employees are without power themselves but leave their home each day to bring relief to the citizens of West Virginia. Their level of commitment is amazing."