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Natural Disasters / National Guard #799247

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 10, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Map shown of the location of wildfires in the West.

(Savannah, Georgia: Roger O’Neil) The shortage of National Guard troops who normally help deal with natural emergencies but are instead serving in Iraq & Afghanistan featured; scenes shown of Florida Guardsmen helping out after a hurricane; details given of agreements between states to share equipment that is being used overseas. [Montana Governor Brian SCHWEITZER†- reacts to the Pentagon’s rejection of his plea to bring Guardsmen home.] [National Guard Lt. Gen. Steven BLUM††- says the federal mission always supersedes the state mission.] [Seeley Lake, Montana, fire chief Frank MARADEO††- notes the need for help from the Guard.]

Williams, Brian;
O’Neil, Roger

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