October 4, 2018
Late on the evening of Sept. 20, 2018 Guardsmen working at the Army Aviation Support Facility 1(AASF1) in Morrisville, North Carolina got the call that citizens in Kelly, N.C. would need to be evacuated.
Hurricane Florence impacted the Carolina coast less than a week before and moved slowly across the state causing many of the waterways, like the Cape Fear River which runs right past Kelly, to overflow their banks.
During the initial evacuation, two Ch-47 Chinook helicopters and three Black Hawk helicopters moved about 100 people who had gathered at the Centerville Church and took them to Kinston, N.C.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 James Suggs, a Black Hawk pilot with the North Carolina National Guard’s 449th Theater Aviation Brigade, was flying one of the helicopters that helped lift people to safety.
Suggs and his crew had just refueled and were preparing to take three NC Fish and Wildlife officers, who had helped with elderly and wheelchair-bound evacuees, back to Elizabethtown, N.C. when they received another mission.
“Around 1:30 [A.M.] another request call came from the Air Boss,” Suggs said. “The call was to recon and rescue survivors in the area just east of Kelly, N.C. There was an unknown number of survivors.”
Another Black Hawk from the Maryland National Guard launched with Suggs and his team, as well as the three Fish and Wildlife Officers, whose radios are able to communicate with the radios abroad the aircraft.
The huge number of volunteers, police, military, linemen and first responders — from next door to across the country — here to help out after Hurricane Florence have been instrumental in Wilmington and Southeastern North Carolina begin getting back on its feet.
Haywood first responders share tales from Florence The Mountaineer
Hurricane Florence barely grazed the mountains of Western North Carolina, but some Haywood County first responders found themselves right in the storm’s path, witnessing firsthand its tremendous, destructive power.
And yet, there’s nowhere they would have rather been.
Several men from Waynesville Fire Department, Haywood County Sheriff’s Office and Haywood County Emergency Management Services all gave their time and talents to aid in the hurricane preparation and response effort in the eastern part of the state.
Those who went said in addition to having the opportunity to serve those in need during a massive natural disaster, they also brought lessons back to the mountains that could serve Haywood in the event of a disaster.
N Carolina legislature backs early Florence legislation Virginian Pilot
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — In a rare show of bipartisanship, the North Carolina legislature quickly approved Tuesday legislation described as financial and policy down payments on what’s expected to be a long, expensive recovery from Hurricane Florence.
Barely two weeks after the storm’s last rains left the state, the Republican-controlled General Assembly unanimously backed a pair of bills in a special session called by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, who was expected to sign them.
More than 30 inches (76 centimeters) of rain fell in some parts of the state, and along with the storm surge, caused historic widespread flooding that damaged tens of thousands of homes and other buildings. Authorities have confirmed 39 storm-related deaths. The damage is estimated to reach billions of dollars, including at least $1.1 billion in crop and livestock losses.
Nearly two years of rancor between the executive and legislative branches have led to a record number of vetoes and overrides and extensive litigation. But Cooper and legislative leaders have found likely temporary amity and teamwork in the face of Florence.
“The cooperation that I’ve seen has also been unprecedented and we need to keep that spirit of cooperation all together as we approach the short- and long-term recovery from this storm,” Cooper told the Council of State shortly before the session convened. His office and GOP legislators had conferred on Tuesday’s legislation before leaders gaveled open the session.
More than 1,000 soldiers with the North Carolina National Guard that were activated to respond to Hurricane Matthew, have now been told they have to re-pay some of the money included in their paycheck from the state.
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October 4th — Today in Guard History National Guard
1777 Germantown, Pennsylvania – General George Washington launches a daring, multi-pronged, early morning attack against the British forces outside of Philadelphia in the hopes of dislodging the enemy from the city. The attack, while successful in the beginning, bogs down and ends with the Americans withdrawing from the field. The British spend a comfortable winter in Philadelphia while Washington’s army, much of it composed of state-raised regiments, freezes at Valley Forge. However, during this winter it is reorganized and retrained by General Baron von Steuben and will prove an equal match when it meets the royal army in the spring.
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