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Red River Valley flood: Duluth's 148th sends help

Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing this morning dispatched five people to the Red River Valley, where they will establish a mobile communications system to provide satellite, telephone, radio, data and wireless capabilities, allowing officials to lead flood-fighting even when the area suffers power outages

Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing will help ensure that officials responsible for fighting flooding in the Red River Valley will remain in the know and in touch with workers in the field

The wing this morning dispatched five people and its Joint Communications Platform trailer to the Red River Valley The self-contained trailer has satellite, telephone, radio, data and wireless capabilities, allowing officials to lead flood-fighting even when the area suffers power outages

"This is a standalone center," Maj Audra Flanagan said "It's a huge command and control system that has the ability to be radio and telephone service People can get up their wireless computers and be able to organize and form as a command and control organization"

The trailer and 148th personnel will, for now, stage in the Crookston, Minn, area southeast of Grand Forks, ND

"It's mobile, it can move if it needs to," Flanagan said "It can go to a different area that may be in a greater need"

Flanagan said wing personnel use the trailer annually to help with communications for the John Beargrease sled-dog races

"They practice at the Beargrease so they can work out all the kinks," she said

The 148th's efforts are just part of the Minnesota National Guard's work with local authorities to assist in flood-fighting along the Red River Valley More than 300 Minnesota Army National Guard Soldiers from the Moorhead-based 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry have been activated to support flood fighting activities

Article source: www.DuluthNewsTribune.com



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