AZ National Guard headed to East Coast

PHOENIX, AZ- The Arizona Air National Guard will begin an operation Friday that will help get power up and running along the East Coast.

Governor Jan Brewer called up the 161st Air refueling Wing to transport utility workers and equipment.

The Guardsmen will facilitate loading and transportation of Salt River Project and Arizona Public Service workers and equipment.

Brewer said, "Americans come together in times like this," said Governor Jan Brewer. "I'm proud that our Arizona National Guard is assisting in this critical emergency-response mission, and that SRP and APS are sending much-needed equipment and personnel to help return power to the East Coast. The State of Arizona stands ready to assist the victims of Hurricane Sandy in any way possible."

There will be 20 flights in and out of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix.

"The Arizona National Guard remains ready to respond to disaster relief efforts wherever they occur.  Whether it happens in Arizona or on the East Coast, we remain true to our motto – 'Always Ready, Always There,' " said Major General Hugo E. Salazar, Adjutant General of the Arizona National Guard.

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