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Louisiana Guard Aids Oil Spill Operations

By Army Sgt. Michael L. Owens
Louisiana National Guard

NEW ORLEANS, May 4, 2010 – Louisiana National Guard members yesterday participated in oil-spill response operations at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale, La., with St. Bernard Parish officials and workers from a private company called Oil Mop.

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Louisiana National Guard soldiers help Oil Mop employees load oil booms onto boats at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale, La., May 3, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael L. Owens

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Guardsmen from the 527th Engineer Battalion’s 1022nd Engineer Company kept track of the number of oil booms that will be used to collect oil from the water as it reaches the coastline.

The soldiers were given a class on safety and immediately began loading bags of booms and stakes onto boats that are going to put the booms in place.

“As each bag is carefully loaded, it is our job to make sure that everything is counted,” said Army Cpl. Caitlyn M. Jones. “That can be a hard task, because this is a big operation, but we are going to do it efficiently.”

The soldiers also kept a record of the number of booms being loaded and the boats carrying them.

“We have been looking for a way to keep accountability on what is going out,” said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Namon R. Dimitroff. “The Guardsmen are helping us out tremendously, and we appreciate their help.”


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Special Report: Military Supports Federal Oil Spill Response

Click photo for screen-resolution imageLouisiana National Guard soldiers load oil booms and wooden stakes onto boats at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale, La., May 3, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael L. Owens  
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