Fort Drum— In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, approximately 40,000 families are homeless, 111 people are dead and $200 million in emergency housing assistance have been provided by FEMA.
On the afternoon of November 5th, more than 50 fuel tankers and 250 soldiers from 3rd Brigade combat team left for Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey to facilitate assistance to Hurricane Sandy affected areas in support of severe weather contingency operations.
ABC50 spoke with Major Miller at Fort Drum who sent 250 soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team to affected Superstorm Sandy sites. 3rd Brigade transported fuel trucks in order to support FEMA and the National Guard with enough trucks to transport the fuel to the gas stations that are in need.
“We are very excited to be on this mission because it hits home for so many of us,” said Major Miller feeling emotional about the cause. She went on to explain that the impact has affected some soldiers as well on a more personal level. “Some soldiers have families down there directly affected by the storm. We are so glad to be helping and supporting so many families within our own state, for some of us the disaster areas is where we grew up.” Major Miller stated that the 3rd Brigade would be assisting Sandy victims as long as it takes.
The Army went down with their own generators so that they could be sufficient and able to assist those that need help. Colonel Thomas D. Macdonald, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) chief of staff emphasized how proud the 10th Mountain Division was for partaking in the mission:
"DoD forces are always part of a larger federal response working in coordination with the National Guard, FEMA and state and local authorities. We are proud to be able to help fellow Americans during this critical time of need".