Sparta National Guard deploying to Louisiana
By Sparta Live | September 5, 2008 12:00 am
Sparta is now among the more than 1,100 soldiers and airmen that have been mobilized to assist in relief efforts along the Gulf Coast.
Members of 777th Maintenance Co., in Sparta, were put on alert last week when they were informed they would most likely be deployed to assist in the areas of Louisiana that were ravaged by Hurricane Gustav.
An additional 350 have been on duty within the state providing command and control of the deployed units and assisting with the more than 4,000 evacuees brought to Tennessee.
The total number deployed includes another 550 soldiers of a task force that departed over the weekend for Gulf Coast destinations. These represent units and equipment from Sparta, as well as Combat Service Support Battalion, Johnson City; 730th Quartermaster Co., Erwin; 777th Maintenance Co., Smyra; 1171st Transportation Co., Dresden and Tiptonville; and 105th Human Resources Co., Nashville.
Other Tennessee National Guard units already deployed to assist along the Gulf coast are:
•118th Aero medical Evacuation Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, Nashville
•5th Civil Support Team, Smyrna
•Six (6) OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and crews from 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron, Smyrna
•Six (6) UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and crews from 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron, Smyrna
•228th Combat Communications Squadron, Tennessee Air Guard, Knoxville
•230th Signal Company, Nashville
•2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Cookeville.