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

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  • By Staff Sgt. Sherre Grebenstein
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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."