Monday, October 29, 2012

Air National Guard mobilized in Syracuse for Hurricane Sandy relief

Fifty members of the 174th Attack Wing in Syracuse are standing by awaiting orders to help with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York, and another 50 may be called to duty today.

Those standing by at the wing's headquarters at Hancock International Airport are mostly radio specialists and civil engineers, said spokeswoman Lt. Col. Maureen Murphy.

"There are lot of communications specialists who will be working with radios in the event phone lines and cell towers are down," Murphy said.

The unit hasn't received official orders yet, she said.

State emergency officials have asked the unit to put a second bath of airmen on standby, Murphy said. She did not know what time those people would be called to the base, but said it would likely be today.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday ordered the mobilization of more than 1,100 National Guard members to help with the fallout from the megastorm.

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