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Va. National Guard staged, ready for possible snow response across Northern Virginia

Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group line up vehicles for possible snow response operations March 13, 2017, in Manassas,...
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to the Manassas-based 266th Military Police Company, 1030th Transportation Battalion, 329th Regional Support Group line up vehicles for possible snow response operations March 13, 2017, in Manassas,... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

SANDSTON, Va. (WSLS 10) - The Virginia National Guard has nearly 200 personnel staged and ready for duty on Tuesday at key locations across Northern Virginia to assist with the state's multi-agency response to possible heavy snow.

Expected missions include providing transportation for first responders through deep snow or helping evacuate citizens in need of shelter, as well as providing debris reduction teams with chain saws to help clear roads if needed.

"Once again our Soldiers have demonstrated their ability to safely and rapidly position troops and equipment at key locations so they are ready to assist citizens of the Commonwealth during times of hazardous weather," said Maj. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia. "Our emergency response partners at the state and local level count on our capabilities as part of the overall response plan, and we continue to demonstrate that we are a force that will always be there when we are needed. We also owe a special thanks to our families and employers for their support that is so vital to our success."

Additional Soldiers, Airmen and Virginia Defense Force members are on duty in Richmond, Sandston and Fort Pickett providing mission command, sustainment and public information support.

The Virginia Defense Force also has incident management assistance teams supporting Guard units at multiple field locations.