Domestic disaster relief and a birthday among National Guard 2011 highlights
By Army National Guard Sgt. Darron Salzer
National Guard Bureau
ARLINGTON, Va. (12/29/11) - The U.S. experienced an unusual number of natural disasters in 2011, including Hurricane Irene, flooding across the northern Plains states and Midwest, Southwestern wildfires and tornados that leveled communities.
Maryland National Guard members, seen here in Salisbury, Md., on Aug. 28, 2011, worked around the clock to support civilian law enforcement and firefighting agencies during Hurricane Irene. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Maj. Rick Breitenfeldt)
These events were among the moments when the National Guard answered the call in 2011.
On any given day in 2011, thousands of Citizen-Soldiers and -Airmen conducted operations here at home and abroad. Some of the most significant missions:
No. 10: Southwest Border
The National Guard continued its support with the Department of Defense and Customs and Border Patrol in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas along the Southwest border, providing up to 1,200 Guard members to support civil authorities.
Earlier this month, officials announced that the Guard mission along the border would shift to the air, where they will assist with aerial surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and mobility capabilities.