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Minnesota Guard Quick Reaction Force Responds in Moorhead

A popular song from the 1980's asked the question "When there's something wrong in the neighborhood, who you gonna call?"  When there's something wrong with a levee in a Moorhead neighborhood, the Emergency Operations Center calls the Quick Reaction Force (QRF) of the 2nd Combined Arms Battalion, 136th Infantry "Bearcats" of the Minnesota Army National Guard 

The QRF is an elite squad of Soldiers that are trained in the emergency repair of flood levees  Commanded by Clay County Task Force Commander, Capt Timothy Sevcik, these young men "respond in a moments notice to plug leaks in the earthen levees protecting the city of Moorhead," said Sevcik

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"Today the QRF performed a rehearsal exercise in cooperation with local civil authorities  The level of cooperation that we enjoy with local authorities is of the highest order," said Sevcik
 
A cameraman from Fox Network News was there to capture video of this unprecedented rehearsal exercise 

On April 11, 2011 at 10:00 am CST the QRF received a call that a nearby neighborhood levee was in distress  Within 13 minutes a squad of Soldiers accompanied by three flatbed trucks laden with over 2,000 sandbags arrived at the troublesome levee  Armed with brawn and determination, the Soldiers quickly formed a sandbag chain in order to protect the local neighborhood from the floodwaters  Although just an exercise, local citizens and civil authorities were impressed and reassured by the Minnesota National Guards QRF timely and proficient response

The QRF stands ready in strategic locations to protect people and other critical assets from potential catastrophic levee failures  When something goes wrong with a Moorhead neighborhood levee, the Emergency Operations Center calls the well trained Quick Reaction Force   

Story by Maj John Donovan and Tech Sgt Brett Ewald
Public Affairs Office, Minnesota National Guard
13 April, 2011



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