Military Took Active Role in Hurricane Fran Planning
Here's what military activity took place in Georgia and the
Carolinas as Hurricane Fran headed toward landfall:
As liaisons from the Federal Emergency Management Agency were
deployed to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina,
the Department of Defense said supplies were to be shipped to
Fort Gillem, Ga., and Fort Bragg, N.C.
FEMA Director James Lee Witt said in Washington that six
tractor-trailers loaded with cots, tents, portable generators,
blankets and other supplies are ready to go; the Agriculture
Department has earmarked bulk food supplies that might be
needed; and eight disaster medical assistance teams are on
The 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) flew its airplanes and
helicopters out of Hunter Army Airfield south of Savannah to
safe landing fields in Columbus and Chattanooga, Tenn.
Non-essential military personnel and civilian workers were sent
home early Wednesday.
Marine Corps pilots at Beaufort Naval Air Station flew their
FA-18 Hornet strike fighters to Fort Worth, Texas, to avoid the
hurricane. That base was chosen because it has maintenance crews
to service FA-18s, Chief Warrant Officer Tim Bennett said.
Beaufort Marines and sailors and their dependents were
encouraged to seek shelter inland.
Late Wednesday, watching the storm's track, Parris Island
Marine Corps Recruit Depot leaders stood ready to use 158 buses
-- a combination of school buses and commercial haulers -- to
evacuate 5,200 recruits and another 600 Marines and their
families who didn't have other transportation.
The group's expected destination, if they left Parris Island,
was Marine Corps Logistics Base at Albany, Ga., said Capt. Rick
Long of the boot camp's public affairs office.
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