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Area Kansas National Guard engineers deploying to rebuild roads in Colorado

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE KANSAS ADJUTANT GENERAL

KANSAS NATIONAL GUARDENGINEERS DEPLOYING TO REBUILD ROADS IN COLORADO

Approximately75 engineers from the Kansas National Guard will deploy to Colorado to assistin rebuilding highways damaged by recent flooding in that state.

TheKansas National Guardsmen will deploy Wednesday, Oct. 16 and report to theColorado National Guard armory in Boulder. They are expected to be deployed forapproximately 18 days. The equipment for the mission will be supplied by theColorado National Guard. The Guardsmen are from the 891st EngineerBattalion (Iola), 226th Engineer Company (Augusta), 242ndEngineer Company (Coffeyville), 772nd Engineer Company (Pittsburg),190th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron (Topeka), and184th Intelligence Wing Civil Engineering Squadron (Wichita).

"OurGuardsmen are always ready and willing to respond when a disaster hits, eitherat home or to help our neighbors in other states," said Maj. Gen. LeeTafanelli, the adjutant general. "Just last year, some of our helicopter crewsresponded to assist in combatting wildfires in Colorado and I know our friendsout there will be just as willing to come to our aid, if we ever need them."

Theassistance to Colorado was arranged by the Kansas Division of EmergencyManagement, a division of the Adjutant General's Department, through the EmergencyManagement Assistance Compact. EMAC is a multistate, mutual aid agreement thatfacilitates interstate assistance in response and recovery operations during adisaster. Kansas Guardsmen have deployed to other states under the EMACagreement to battle forest fires, aid in recovery after hurricanes and forother disasters. 

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