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Area guard unit helps in time of need

Sunday, June 15, 2008

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Spc. Jeremiah Allen of the 138th Quartermaster Company in Brazil, Ind., is shown here using his "guns" to load sandbags onto a pallet. The company was called to State active duty Saturday, June 7, 2008, for flood relief in southern Indiana. Courtesy Photo/Sgt. Kimberly Calkins, Indiana Army National Guard.
Editor's Note: This information was provided by SSG Tammy R. Ninesling, Assist Unit Administrator with the 138th Quarter Master SPT CO., in Brazil, regarding flood relief efforts.

VINCENNES -- Further collaborating efforts between the 138th Quarter Master (QM), 38th Infantry Division's Special Troops Battalion (STB), Headquarters Company 2-238th General Support Aviation Battalion, the 113th Engineers and the 181st Intelligence Wing Air National Guard recently created a sandbagging frenzy at the Vincennes Indiana Department of Transportation.

Between 7 p.m., June 9, and noon, June 11, close to 60,000 sandbags were filled, tied and put on pallets.

Pallets were delivered to the surrounding areas of Hazleton, Edwardsport, Elnora, Petersburg and Washington. Sandbags were in place to protect the towns and power facilities from rising waters.

Several levees broke along the White River, forcing communities to evacuate.

By June 11, the soldiers were putting out an average of 2,500 sandbags per hour. It was a joint effort, rotating between manual shovel bagging and automated sandbagging machines provided by the Indiana National Guard.

"I love the unit and am having fun working with everyone," Spec. Willie Calvert said. "It's part of the job."

Pallets and pallet continued to be loaded and rolled out to destinations across the Wabash Valley.

"We are ready on a moment's notice," 138th QM First Sgt. Neil Stough said.



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