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Texas National Guard distributes food

By Maj. Joye Haun

CLEVELAND, Texas (Army News Service, Sept. 29, 2005) – The Texas National Guard is assisting FEMA with food, ice and water distribution for hurricane victims.

Area residents in Liberty County are still without power after Hurricane Rita ravaged the area Sept. 24.

“There have been people coming through (the food distribution point in Cleveland) who told me they hadn’t eaten in three days,” said Capt. Eric Cox, who was loading cars with food.

Texas National Guardsmen with Task Force Seguin, commanded by Lt. Col. Philip Vaneau from the 149th Fighter Wing in San Antonio, had pre-positioned in College Station before the storm to respond to requests for assistance. The task force is comprised of approximately 400 Army and Air National Guard members from throughout Texas.

One location opened yesterday morning with cars backed up half a mile, said 2nd Lt. Charles Johnson. But by evening there was a steady stream of traffic through the site.

“We’re just glad to help in any way we can,” Lt. Johnson said.

More than 6,000 Natuiobnal Guard and about 1000 active duty forces are supporting Hurricane Rita relief operations.

Personnel from the 82nd Airborne and Marine Corps assisted in the evacutation of about 1,000 people in the past 24 hours in southwestern Louisiana.

(Editor’s note: Maj. Joye Haun is a public affairs officer with Task Force Seguin in Cleveland, Texas.)

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