Fort Gordon, Augusta, Georgia, October 4, 2015 – Thirty-six Georgia State Defense Force (GSDF) Soldiers were recently activated to support hurricane relief efforts near Augusta, Georgia. Hurricane Joaquin had been relentlessly pounding the eastern United States for several days; as a result, numerous areas experienced severe flooding.
GSDF Soldiers, working alongside Georgia Army National Guard (GAARNG) Soldiers, filled 8,000 sandbags and loaded them onto eight flatbed trailers. The sandbags were used to create a water buffer to control flooding in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Total over 100 Soldiers from GSDF and GAARNG (810th Engineer Company and 278th Military Police Company) supported the relief activities. The Fort Stewart Youth Challenge Academy sent cadets from their 2nd Battalion to help, as well.
Col. William Bryant, Commander of 1st Brigade, GSDF, said, “It’s great to see our Soldiers work hand-in-hand with the Guard to support the citizens of Georgia.”