Winter Storm Prompts Military Action

(Feb. 13, 2014) Pentagon officials have compiled a summary of the effects a winter storm battering the East Coast today is having on the Defense Department:

-- The Defense Department, U.S. Northern Command and the National Guard Bureau continue to monitor the storm as it tracks north.

-- The Pentagon is open, with storm schedule procedures implemented. The Corridor 2 and the Mall entrances are operational.

-- Twenty-six major military installations are closed, on minimum manning, or on delayed reporting. Local commanders determine the operational status of their installations, officials noted.

-- Fort Gordon, Ga., was designated as Incident Support Base to stage Federal Emergency Management Agency supplies and equipment.

-- Eighteen U.S Army Corps of Engineer personnel deployed to Fort Gordon to assist with power regeneration operations in the area.

-- More than 2,300 Army and Air National Guard personnel are on state active duty in the following states:

* Alabama: 90 personnel are primarily supporting the Alabama Office of Emergency Management staff with recovery operations.

* Delaware: 130 personnel and 26 vehicles are primarily patrolling assigned routes to identify and assist stranded motorists and providing support to local first responders.

* District of Columbia: 180 personnel and 30 vehicles are providing general transportation and logistical assistance to district emergency management officials.

* Georgia: 620 personnel and 150 vehicles are primarily patrolling assigned routes and providing support to local first responders.

* North Carolina: 190 personnel and 48 vehicles are primarily patrolling assigned routes and providing support to local first responders.

* Pennsylvania: 775 personnel are conducting health and welfare checks in affected communities, assisting stranded motorists, augmenting first-responder transportation capabilities and manning traffic control points.

* South Carolina: 180 personnel are primarily patrolling assigned routes and providing support to local first responders.

* Virginia: 285 personnel are primarily patrolling assigned routes to identify and assist stranded motorists and providing support to local first responders.