The Nebraska National Guard has had
a major role in the Global War on Terrorism, with many overseas
deployments since September 11, 2001. At the same time
these "citizen soldiers" have responded when called
upon at home.
- In May 2004, 90 members of the Nebraska
National Guard assisted in relief efforts following the destructive
tornado that struck Hallam, Nebraska.
- In 2005 approximately three hundred Nebraska
Guard personnel were deployed to Louisiana and Mississippi in
the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Nebraska soldiers completed
rescue missions, provided communication uplinks for emergency
management officials, assisted with hazardous material identification
and transportation, and helped provide security in the area.
- In July 2006 more than 60 members of the
Nebraska National Guard assisted in battling wildfires that threatened
the northwestern Nebraska towns of Valentine, Harrison, and Chadron.
Guard soldiers used all-terrain fire trucks and helicopters with
buckets that carry two thousand gallons of water to help douse
Hurricane Katrina came ashore in Louisiana and Mississippi on
August 29, 2005. By September
3 Lieutenant Colonel Tom Brewer and eight members of his Nebraska
Army National Guard Counter Drug Task Force were in Louisiana
to perform rescue and recovery and assist local law enforcement.
Brewer took command of Task Force LAV (LAVs are light armored
vehicles, in this case also amphibious). He ultimately commanded
nine LAVs and approximately thirty guardsmen from five states.
In addition to rescuing more than 515 people in the first week,
Brewer's group was assigned a top secret U.S. Treasury mission
to remove between $50 to $100 million from a Loomis, Fargo and
If we didn't take reporters with us
nobody would tell the story of what was happening down there.
--Colonel Tom Brewer
Within twenty-four hours of the storm ending, the Nebraska Air National Guard delivered 65,000
Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) and 8,000 gallons of fuel for Hurricane
Katrina relief efforts.
Images of the 2006 Nebraska wildfires taken
by Nebraska National Guard soldiers.