Posted: Oct 10, 2013 8:48 PM by David Sherman - MTN News -Great Falls
Updated: Oct 10, 2013 8:49 PM
HELENA - Governor Steve Bullock has approved the mission for 31 airmen assigned to the Montana Air National Guard's 219th RED HORSE Squadron to deploy to Colorado to support Operation Sapper Fury, which is aimed at repairing critical roads in areas cut off by last month's flooding in the Lyons and Estes Park areas of Colorado.
The Montana airmen will be ordered to State Active Duty on Thursday, October 10th and will begin movement to Colorado on Friday, October 11th, and are expected to spend 18 days assisting; they are scheduled to return to Montana on October 26th.
In a press release, Bullock said, "Montanans can be proud that we are able to lend a helping hand to our fellow Western state when they need it most. This group of highly skilled Montana National Guard Airmen will provide essential engineering capabilities to help repair roadways and clear transportation obstructions caused by flooding. This not only helps Coloradans, but it also provides great training for our guardsmen's duties back home in Montana."
Major General Matt Quinn, Adjutant General for the Montana National Guard, said, "While we primarily stand ready for the immediate needs of Montana's citizens as well as federal requirements, we are happy to help our neighbors in Colorado reestablish their critical infrastructure."
Officials note that the deployment will not cost the State of Montana any money.
And if you've ever wondered what RED HORSE means: Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squadron Engineer (learn more here).