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Fort Drum fuel tankers dispatched to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy

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FORT DRUM — As relief work continues in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, several soldiers and fuel tankers from the post’s 10th Mountain Division are being sent off to help in damaged areas of New York and New Jersey.

About 50 fuel tankers, each holding 2,500 gallons, and 250 personnel, representing brigades across the division, were dispatched Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, about 20 miles from Trenton, N.J.

“DoD forces are always part of a larger federal response working in coordination with of the National Guard, FEMA and state and local authorities,” said Col. Thomas D. Macdonald, post and division chief of staff. “We are proud to be able to help fellow Americans during this critical time of need.”

The soldiers join crews from the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade who since Thursday have been assessing conditions on the ground and transporting military and civilian officials around the New York City and Jersey Shore area.

The brigade’s 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 10th Aviation Regiment, Task Force Phoenix has been stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst since Saturday.

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