LEXINGTON, Mass. – Massachusetts National Guardsmen filled approximately four thousand sandbags at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation-Highway Division here in an effort to provide support to local communities that anticipated flooding due to heavy rainfall March 29, 2010.
Soldiers worked throughout the night filling, palletizing and delivering emergency sandbags to the Massachusetts towns of Littleton, Bridgewater, Tewksbury and Millbury.
Soldiers and Airmen worked with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency in general relief efforts across the state.
The Adjutant General of the Massachusetts National Guard, Army Maj. Gen. Joseph C. Carter said, “The men and women of the Massachusetts National Guard are eager to assist the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth can rely on our diverse capabilities, our strategically located units, and our quick response during times of need.”
Army 2nd Lt. Danielle Golden, Platoon Leader, 125th Quartermaster Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard supervised Soldiers who were filling sandbags in Lexington. Golden, who normally works as a state corrections officer shared her feelings about helping citizens of the Commonwealth when she said, “This is my first state mission since I joined the Guard a little more than six years ago. Any Soldier that gets to be a part of a mission like this at least once is lucky.”
Army Staff Sgt. Ross E. Bandy, 272 Chemical Company, Massachusetts Army National Guard said, “I am a Navy veteran and I have a friend in the Guard who helped out during the 2008 ice storm. After seeing him I thought I’d join and help some people out,” said Bandy.
The Massachusetts National Guard’s 79th Troop Command, located in Rehoboth, coordinated the movement of filled sandbags from Lexington to areas designated by MEMA. The initial tasks MEMA assigned to the National Guard have been completed successfully.
With the region braced for potential flooding, the Guard has prepared to render further assistance by strategically placing additional equipment and forces for quick reaction. The Massachusetts National Guard has been authorized to activate up to 1,000 Guardsmen if necessary.