Updated 11/07/2012 07:43 PM
Salisbury Army National Guard soldiers return home from providing Sandy relief
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SALISBURY—Salisbury based Army National Guard soldiers returned home from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
Last week, a dozen National Guard soldiers left from the air base in Salisbury in Black Hawk helicopters to help with recovery efforts after hurricane sandy.
"We were stationed out of New Jersey at Ft. Dicks," said Capt. Darrell Scoggins.
Scoggins supervised the team. He said they joined National Guard team's from six other states to help FEMA workers navigate areas that were hit the hardest.
"For me, I had never seen anything like it. So it was a little shocking personally for me," said First Lieutenant Shannon Austin.
Austin served as a pilot in the mission. The crew did not work with victims directly, but spent 16 hour days taking about 100 FEMA workers to areas with only one way in.
"Cars couldn't get to them and without us those people wouldn't be able to get there," said Austin.
Scoggins said there was a sense of relief his whole crew returned safely, and there is also a sense of accomplishment.
"Being soldiers and being just, human beings we feel like we can do more, but we did. We had a sense of accomplishment that we accomplished the task they gave us and the mission they gave us," said Scoggins.
Scoggins said it is unlikely they will return anytime soon, even as a new storm hits the same areas devastated by Sandy.
National Guard soldiers from other states remain in place to assist with relief efforts during and after the nor’easter passing through this week.