RALEIGH – North Carolina is a staging area for National Guard troops preparing to help victims of Sandy in the Northeast.
Twenty guard members stationed in Savannah, Ga., and a pair of Chinook helicopters, are joining guardsmen from Alabama at Raleigh-Durham International Airport to get their assignments. Planes and airmen from Alaska, California and Nevada are staging in Charlotte.
"On a mission like this, when you're going to help people on our home soil, there's no hesitation whatsoever. Everybody's excited and ready to go just to help out the fellow citizens," said WO4 Timothy Ladson, of the Georgia National Guard.
"You see the hurt and anguish in their eyes and you feel for them. You want to help them best you can," WO3 Lance Brennan, of the Georgia National Guard, said.
Past missions of these guardsmen include deployments to the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.