• The Georgia National Guard established two 24-hour refueling stations in the early hours of its Winter Storm Pax response, Feb. 12, 2014.

    Fueling the Response

    The Georgia National Guard established two 24-hour refueling stations in the early hours of its Winter Storm Pax response, Feb. 12, 2014.

  • Georgia Guardsmen of the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade transport healthcare professionals to local hospitals in the wake of Winter Storm Pax, Feb. 13, 2014, in Cumming, Ga.

    Guardsmen Transporting Healthcare Professionals

    Georgia Guardsmen of the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade transport healthcare professionals to local hospitals in the wake of Winter Storm Pax, Feb. 13, 2014, in Cumming, Ga.

  • Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright, of Savannah's 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, carries 21-month old Parris into a shelter at the Glenn Hills (Ga.,) Baptist Church during a mission to evacuate a family from their home which lost power and heat during Winter Storm Pax.

    Uniformed escort

    Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright, of Savannah's 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, carries 21-month old Parris into a shelter at the Glenn Hills (Ga.,) Baptist Church during a mission to evacuate a family from their home which lost power and...

  • Airmen of the Savannah-based Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Air Support Operations Squadron assist motorists along Interstate 20.

    Ice on Interstate 20

    Airmen of the Savannah-based Georgia Air National Guard's 165th Air Support Operations Squadron assist motorists along Interstate 20.

  • Georgia National Guardsmen with the Savannah-based 165th Air Support Operations Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, run to staged vehicles at the 878th Engineer Battalion Readiness Center in Augusta, in preparation for their upcoming mission to provide emergency service and support to civil authorities and to the residents of Georgia facing Winter Storm Pax.

    To your vehicles!

    Georgia National Guardsmen with the Savannah-based 165th Air Support Operations Squadron, Georgia Air National Guard, run to staged vehicles at the 878th Engineer Battalion Readiness Center in Augusta, in preparation for their upcoming mission to...

  • Georgia National Guardsmen with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, assist a stranded motorist whose vehicle slid into the center median along Interstate 20 during Winter Storm Pax.

    Georgia Guard assists stranded motorists

    Georgia National Guardsmen with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, assist a stranded motorist whose vehicle slid into the center median along Interstate 20 during Winter Storm Pax.

  • Georgia Guardsman Maj. Nicholas Anthony, Bravo Flight commander, 165th Air Support Operations Squadron, speaks with a Georgia State Patrol officer at the scene of recovery of a vehicle that slid off the road along Interstate 20.

    Joint Response On I-20

    Georgia Guardsman Maj. Nicholas Anthony, Bravo Flight commander, 165th Air Support Operations Squadron, speaks with a Georgia State Patrol officer at the scene of recovery of a vehicle that slid off the road along Interstate 20.

  • Frozen ice crystals cling to the front bumper of a Georgia National Guard Humvee parked inside the motor pool at the 878th Engineer Battalion Readiness Center in Augusta, Ga. Guardsmen with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard prepare to patrol Interstate 20 to provide emergency service and support to civil authorities and to the residents of Georgia hit hard by Winter Storm Pax.

    It's getting icy

    Frozen ice crystals cling to the front bumper of a Georgia National Guard Humvee parked inside the motor pool at the 878th Engineer Battalion Readiness Center in Augusta, Ga. Guardsmen with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard prepare to...

  • Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright (left) and Master Sgt. Jorge Chavez, both of Savannah's 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, secure 4-month-old Dakota into a Humvee during a mission to evacuate her family from their home which lost power and heat during Winter Storm Pax. The guardsmen transported the family to a local church where they will shelter for the duration of the storm.

    Secure for transport

    Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright (left) and Master Sgt. Jorge Chavez, both of Savannah's 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, secure 4-month-old Dakota into a Humvee during a mission to evacuate her family from their home which lost power and...

  • Master Sgt. David Wilburn with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, carries 4-month-old Dakota during a mission to evacuate a family from their home which lost power and heat as a result of Winter Storm Pax.

    The Georgia Guard arrives

    Master Sgt. David Wilburn with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, carries 4-month-old Dakota during a mission to evacuate a family from their home which lost power and heat as a result of Winter Storm Pax.

  • Master Sgt. Jorge Chavez (right) and Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright, both with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, help a family evacuate from their home after it lost power and heat during Winter Storm Pax. The guardsmen transported the family to a local church where they will shelter for the duration of the storm.

    Moving to safety

    Master Sgt. Jorge Chavez (right) and Staff Sgt. Matthew Wainwright, both with the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, help a family evacuate from their home after it lost power and heat during Winter Storm Pax. The guardsmen transported the...

AUGUSTA, Ga. (Feb. 13, 2014) -- Georgia Army and Air National Guardsmen joined forces in Augusta to assist local responders during Winter Storm Pax. More than 80 Georgia Air National Guardsmen from Savannah's 165th Air Support Operations Squadron joined Army National Guardsmen of the 878th Engineering Battalion in a cooperative effort.

The 165th Air Support Operations Squadron conducted route reconnaissance and route clearance missions, removing more than 20 downed trees from the roads. The Airmen also transported several citizens from their homes to nearby shelter and transported key local agency personnel to critical work sites.

"Our mission was to patrol the Interstate 20 corridor to identify motorists in need [of help] and [to] render assistance." said Maj. Nicholas Anthony, the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron team officer in charge.

The Soldiers and Airmen operated in an area encompassing Augusta, Elberton, Monroe and Athens. They were part of a statewide effort involving more than 1,000 Georgia Guardsmen and Georgia State Defense force personnel operating from 150 vehicles.

The ice storm left many residents without power and heat. Several vehicles were stuck in ditches throughout the city, and Guardsmen used their tactical vehicles to pull the cars out. A couple who live near the Augusta armory was provided shelter, warmth and a hot meal by an 878th Engineer Battalion Soldier who had only recently returned from Afghanistan.

"I just want to tell the Georgia Guard 'thank you,'" said Augusta resident Paige McDaniels after members of the 165th Air Support Operations Squadron transported her and her three grandchildren to a local church that provided shelter to families in need. "The Guard did an awesome job. I appreciate it."

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