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New Jersey National Guard Answers the Call

Within a half hour of the early morning call, Soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard rushed into deep flood waters to rescue their fellow citizens in Moonachie, NJ. It is still unclear whether it was a levee breach or a tidal surge that caused the flooding, but Hurricane Sandy proved she wasn’t done with Jersey yet.

For over 12 hours New Jersey Guardsmen ferried hundreds of stranded citizens to dry ground where they were taken to a number of shelters in the area. The National Guard has transitioned to a State Active Duty Joint Task Force with more than 1,100 Airmen and Soldiers. More than 450 high-water vehicles including Humvees and heavy trucks are available to assist civil authorities.

Their individual civilian and military skill sets will greatly enhance the support they provide to law enforcement, municipalities, and residents of the great state of New Jersey. Soundbite includes SSG. Bryan Schooley - A. Co. 250th PSP Teaneck, NJ, New Jersey Army National Guard. Produced by TSGT. Carl Clegg - 108th Wing Public Affairs.

More videos after the jump.

Aviators of the 1-150th Assault Helicopter Battalion, New Jersey National Guard, look for displaced residents along the New Jersey coastline Oct. 30, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (U.S. Air Force video by Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Released)

Soldiers from the New Jersey National Guard’s 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team aid their fellow citizens as Hurricane Sandy approaches the New Jersey shoreline. These Citizen Soldiers are helping to provide a safe place to stay for those who have evacuated the coastal areas.

The Werbly and Livingston Recreation Centers at Rutgers University’s New Brunswick Campus are going to be home for the next few days for New Jersey’s finest as they provide security, cots and meals to their neighbors. These Guardsmen are joined in their mission by members of the New Jersey State Police, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

The National Guard has transitioned to a State Active Duty Joint Task Force with more than 1,100 Airmen and Soldiers. The National Guard has safely and efficiently repositioned personnel, vehicles, and associated equipment to areas with greatest anticipated storm impact.

The National Guard has completed preparations through U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau to coordinate the use, if necessary, of Active Duty military forces for additional military first response.

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