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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)


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

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)

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