Guardsmen Provide Relief After Tornados Hit Arkansas, Mississippi

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Arkansas Guardsmen get a briefing before restarting search operations at first light in Mayflower, Ark., April 28, 2014, following a deadly tornado April 27. Local officials called for Guard assistance after the tornado ripped a 30-mile path across central Arkansas, devastating the communities of Mayflower and Vilonia. By the next day, the Arkansas Guard had 60 soldiers on state active duty to work recovery and relief efforts.The Guardsmen are assigned to the Arkansas National Guard's 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Arkansas National Guard photo by U.S. Army Maj. Matt Snead
  • Arkansas Guardsmen assist a family with salvaging precious heirlooms from the debris in Mayflower, Ark., April 28, 2014, following a deadly tornado that struck small communities April 27 in the center of the state. The soldiers are assigned to the  Arkansas National Guard's Special Troops Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Arkansas National Guard photo by U.S. Army Maj. Matt Snead
  • Arkansas Guardsman assists local police direct the flow of traffic at an intersection in Mayflower, Ark., April 28, 2014, following a deadly tornado that struck small communities April 27 in the center of the state. The soldier is assigned to the Arkansas National Guard's Special Troops Battalion, 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Arkansas National Guard photo by U.S. Army Maj. Matt Snead
  • An Arkansas Guardsman searches through piles of debris for survivors in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014, in the wake of a deadly tornado that struck April 27 in the small central Arkansas towns of Vilonia and Mayflower.  Arkansas National Guard photo by U.S. Army Maj. Matt Snead
  • An American flag flies on a splintered pole in front of the community center in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014. Arkansas Guardsmen responded within hours to assist residents and local authorities after a devastating tornado struck central Arkansas communities April 27. Arkansas National Guard photo by Sarah Jones
  • An American flag flies at half-staff on a wind-bent pole in front of the community center in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014. Arkansas National Guard photo by Sarah Jones
  • An Arkansas Guardsme assists first responders of “Task Force One,”an elite search and rescue crew, in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014. The soldier is a combat medic assigned to the Arkansas National Guard's 213th Area Support Medical Company. Arkansas National Guard photo by Sarah Jones
  • Arkansas Guardsmen assist local authorities and residents in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014, following a deadly tornado that hit small communities in the central part of the state April 27. Arkansas National Guard photo
  • An American flag and other items belonging to a resident lay on the ground in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014, following a deadly tornado that hit small communities in the central part of the state April 27. Arkansas National Guard photo
  • An Arkansas Guardsman assists a local authority in Vilonia, Ark., April 28, 2014, following a deadly tornado that hit small communities in the central part of the state April 27. Arkansas National Guard photo
  • UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters depart the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Miss., April 29, 2014, for Hawkins Field in Jackson, Miss., where they will link up with other aircraft to assist in relief efforts after tornadoes hit northern Mississippi April 28. The helicopter crews are assigned to 1st Battalion, 185th Aviation Regiment. National Guard photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Scott Tynes