Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Big Lake receives security support from Missouri Army National Guard

The Missouri Army National Guard continues to support flood missions in northwest Missouri and has added a security presence at Big Lake. A small contingency of Citizen-Soldiers are providing round-the-clock checkpoint security in the village assisting the Holt Co. Sheriff Dept.

The eight Soldiers are part of Task Force 110, led by Col. Greg Mason. The task force is providing flood relief efforts along the Missouri River starting with Atchison Co. in the northwest corner, down to Cooper Co. in the center of the state.

The troops on this mission serve with the 1-129th Field Artillery headquartered in Maryville. A tactical operations center is also set up in the Maryville armory providing support to area flood missions.

Another eight-man team, also with the 1-129th Field Artillery, remains on duty in Atchison Co. providing presence patrols in coordination with the Atchison Co. Sheriff Dept.

The Missouri National Guard encourages safety at all levels. Citizens should be are aware of surrounding conditions before movement.

The Missouri National Guard is mobilized under the authority of Gov. Jay Nixon and reports to local civil authorities. They will remain on duty until released by the Governor.

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