FEMA uses 167th Airlift Wing as staging area for storm relief

Joseph D'Angelo, Joe D'Angelo, FEMA's Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) logistics chief for Region III comments to West Virginia National Guardsman, Master Sgt. Keith Bibb, 77th Brigade property book officer, during a meeting to coordinate operations at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia by the 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company based in Kingwood W.Va. and Delta 230th FSC based in Glen Jean, W.Va. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Joseph D'Angelo, Joe D'Angelo, FEMA's Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) logistics chief for Region III comments to West Virginia National Guardsman, Master Sgt. Keith Bibb, 77th Brigade property book officer, during a meeting to coordinate operations at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia by the 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company based in Kingwood W.Va. and Delta 230th FSC based in Glen Jean, W.Va. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Vehicles assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company based in Kingwood W.Va. and Delta 230th FSC based in Glen Jean, W.Va are parked at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Vehicles assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company based in Kingwood W.Va. and Delta 230th FSC based in Glen Jean, W.Va are parked at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Wishmyer signals to his brother Staff Sgt. John Wishmyer as he moves a pallet of boxed meals at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Wishmyer signals to his brother Staff Sgt. John Wishmyer as he moves a pallet of boxed meals at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Master Sgt. Jodi Miller directs the driver of a FEMA tractor and trailer to a parking area inside a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Master Sgt. Jodi Miller directs the driver of a FEMA tractor and trailer to a parking area inside a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Trucks full of FEMA disaster relief supplies are unloaded in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Trucks full of FEMA disaster relief supplies are unloaded in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Hageny maneuvers a pallet of water in a trailer full of FEMA disaster relief supplies at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Hageny maneuvers a pallet of water in a trailer full of FEMA disaster relief supplies at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Master Sgt. Jodi Miller signals to Tech. Sgt. Jackquelyn Wandler as she maneuvers pallets off of a FEMA trailer at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Master Sgt. Jodi Miller signals to Tech. Sgt. Jackquelyn Wandler as she maneuvers pallets off of a FEMA trailer at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 1, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, talks with Master Sgt. Keith Bibb and Capt. Douglas Garrett while at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 2, 2012. Sen. Manchin, W.Va. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and Major Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general for W.Va., visited the base to survey the disaster relief staging facility in place. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., right, talks with Master Sgt. Keith Bibb and Capt. Douglas Garrett while at the 167th Airlift Wing, West Virginia Air National Guard, based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 2, 2012. Sen. Manchin, W.Va. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, and Major Gen. James Hoyer, adjutant general for W.Va., visited the base to survey the disaster relief staging facility in place. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Airmen with the 167th Airlift Wing’s small air terminal move pallets of boxed meals off of a trailer at the unit based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Airmen with the 167th Airlift Wing’s small air terminal move pallets of boxed meals off of a trailer at the unit based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Airmen with the 167th Airlift Wing’s small air terminal maneuver pallets of boxed meals on a trailer at the unit based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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Airmen with the 167th Airlift Wing’s small air terminal maneuver pallets of boxed meals on a trailer at the unit based in Martinsburg W.Va., Thursday Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsmen, Staff Sgt. Randolph Cutlip, a truck driver with the 77th Brigade’s  201st  Forward Support Company and Staff Sgt. John Wishmyer, 167th Airlift Wing, direct a pallet of ready to eat boxed meals onto a truck at the 167th AW, based in Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsmen, Staff Sgt. Randolph Cutlip, a truck driver with the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company and Staff Sgt. John Wishmyer, 167th Airlift Wing, direct a pallet of ready to eat boxed meals onto a truck at the 167th AW, based in Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsmen, Sgt. Gabriel Stone, 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company, ties down pallets on a truck inside a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsmen, Sgt. Gabriel Stone, 77th Brigade’s 1201st Forward Support Company, ties down pallets on a truck inside a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov. 2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsman, Spc. Josh Higginbotham, assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, ties down a pallet as another pallet is being placed onto the roll-off inside a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsman, Spc. Josh Higginbotham, assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, ties down a pallet as another pallet is being placed onto the roll-off inside a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Randolph Cutlip, assigned to the 77th Brigade’s  201st  Forward Support Company, directs a roll-off with pallets of boxed ready-to-eat meals into place in a aircraft hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Randolph Cutlip, assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, directs a roll-off with pallets of boxed ready-to-eat meals into place in a aircraft hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsmen with the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company and 1201st FSC make final preparations to a truck at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012.The truck, full of boxed ready-to-eat meals, was destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsmen with the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company and 1201st FSC make final preparations to a truck at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012.The truck, full of boxed ready-to-eat meals, was destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsmen, Spc. Craig Brown, with the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company and Staff Sgt. John Wishmyer, 167th Airlift Wing, pin down the sides of a truck full of boxed ready-to-eat meals in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The truck was destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsmen, Spc. Craig Brown, with the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company and Staff Sgt. John Wishmyer, 167th Airlift Wing, pin down the sides of a truck full of boxed ready-to-eat meals in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The truck was destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

West Virginia National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Robert Hanna, assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, straps down pallets of boxed ready-to-eat meals on a truck in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The truck was destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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West Virginia National Guardsman, Staff Sgt. Robert Hanna, assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, straps down pallets of boxed ready-to-eat meals on a truck in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The truck was destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Staff Sgt. Randolph Cutlip hands a strap up to Spc. Craig Brown in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The West Virginia National Guardsmen, both assigned to the 77th Brigade’s  201st  Forward Support Company, were assisting with storm relief efforts by transporting pallets of water and boxed meals to counties in West Virginia hit hardest by the storm. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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Staff Sgt. Randolph Cutlip hands a strap up to Spc. Craig Brown in a hangar at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The West Virginia National Guardsmen, both assigned to the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, were assisting with storm relief efforts by transporting pallets of water and boxed meals to counties in West Virginia hit hardest by the storm. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Three trucks, operated by the 77th Brigade’s  201st  Forward Support Company,  head off the ramp at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The trucks, full of boxed meals, were destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.  The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged.  Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)
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Three trucks, operated by the 77th Brigade’s 201st Forward Support Company, head off the ramp at the 167th Airlift Wing, Martinsburg, W.Va., Nov.2, 2012. The trucks, full of boxed meals, were destined for Tucker County, W.Va., one of the W.Va. counties with heavy snow and power outages. The 167th AW is serving as a staging area for disaster relief supplies which will then be transported throughout West Virginia as needed. The West Virginia National Guard has over 200 members aiding in recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy. The storm blanketed the state with heavy snow and rains and also had severe winds that left homes and properties damaged. Guardsmen are involved in numerous aspects of the operations from search and rescue missions to debris removal. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Martinsburg, W.Va. -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency is using the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing base in Martinsburg as a staging area to push out much needed storm relief supplies to Mountain State residents hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy.
Airmen and Soldiers from the West Virginia National Guard are working in tandem to ensure the emergency supplies trucked in from around the country will be distributed to those in need. Operations spun up Thursday morning at the base with approximately three and-a-half million liters of water, 600,000 self-heating emergency meals as well as infant and toddler kits slated to be delivered in the coming days.
"We will maintain 80 to 100 truckloads here at all times," said Joe D'Angelo, FEMA's Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) logistics chief for Region III.
D'Angelo said he expects the base to be used as a staging area through at least next week.
Two companies from the West Virginia Army National Guard's 77th Brigade will be tasked with distributing the needed supplies to Mountain State residents. Citizen Soldiers from the 1201st Forward Support Company and Delta 230th FSC will take to the roadways to drop off the supplies.
"We're going to turn them into ice truckers," said Master Sgt. Keith Bibb, property book officer for the 77th Brigade.
As of Thursday evening, the 120 Citizen Soldiers assigned to the mission were awaiting their first marching orders to begin distribution of the supplies.
"We're loaded, cocked and ready to go," Bibb said. "We are staged waiting for our mission."