Troops, Volunteers Continue Search at Mudslide Site in Washington

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nance Smith, right and Air Force Senior Airman Nicole Holland clear mud and debris to drain the water to assist in the search for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 30, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Smith and Holland are assigned to the Washington Air National Guard's 141st Civil Engineer Squadron. The mudslide occurred March 22, 2014, when a portion of a hillside collapsed, sending mud and debris over a square mile. Washington National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston
  • Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Monte Burnett, right, Air Force Master Sgt. Caleb Guthmiller, left, and Air Force Staff Sgt. James Tabarus, center, clear debris to help drain water as they search for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 30, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Burnett, Guthmiller and Tabarus are assigned to the Washington Air National Guard's 141st Civil Engineer Squadron. Washington National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston
  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Dean Borgford digs a drainage ditch to divert water to enable dogs to search for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 30, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Borgford is assigned to the Washington Air National Guard's 141st Civil Engineer Squadron. Washington National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston
  • Airmen maneuver across debris and mud while continuing their search for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 31, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Washington National Guard photo by Army Spc. Sarah M. Booker
  • Air Force Tech. Sgts. Tayler Bates and Tony Rohrenbach discuss how to remove debris to drain water as they search for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 30, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Bates and Rohrenbach are assigned to the Washington Air National Guard's 141st Civil Engineer Squadron. Washington National Guard photo by Army Staff Sgt. Rory Featherston
  • An American flag flies at half-staff in the rubble as the search continues for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 31, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Troops and volunteers have assisted in the extensive search and rescue efforts. Washington National Guard photo by Army Spc. Sarah M. Booker
  • Air Force Master Sgt. Caleb Guthimilller wades through waist-deep mud and water while searching for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 31, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Guthimilller is assigned to the Washington Air National Guard's 141st Civil Engineer Squadron. Washington National Guard photo by Army Spc. Sarah M. Booker
  • An American flag flies at half-staff as airmen and volunteers search through debris and mud for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 31, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Washington National Guard photo by Army Spc. Sarah M. Booker
  • Air Force Tech. Sgt. Chris May carefully shovels through mud and debris to salvage precious personal items while continuing their search efforts for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 31, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. May is assigned to the Washington Air National Guard. Washington National Guard photo by Army Spc. Sarah M. Booker
  • Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Siegel, right, helps transport a K-9 team after their search for survivors in Oso, Wash., March 31, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Washington National Guard photo by Lt col. Puckett
  • Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Cohan uncovers a tattered American flag and displays it proudly after pulling it from a pile of debris while continuing search efforts for survivors in Oso, Wash., April 1, 2014, following a deadly mudslide. Cohan May is assigned to the Washington Air National Guard's 141st logistical Readiness Squadron. Washington National Guard photo by Air Force Msgt. Kevin Borden
  • Army Staff Sgt. Courtney Serad briefs and assigns tasks to her decontamination team on the east side of the Oso mudslide in Oso, Wash., April 1, 2014. Serad is assigned to the Washington National Guard's 790th Chemical Company. Washington National Guard photo by Army Capt. Kerri Brantley