Battalion’s morale remains high

Wednesday, September 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:32 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

National Guard members from the 175th Battalion, 2nd Platoon, of Fulton left for Louisiana on Sept. 1 to perform military police duties such as traffic control and law enforcement in Jefferson Parish.

Specialist Karmen Reiss said the troops have been escorting various task forces and rescue missions from throughout the country. These include groups from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the states of California, Nevada, Arizona and New York. It’s the 175th’s job to provide security for those missions.

“We’re actually going out into the water with them, helping find people, find bodies,” Reiss said. “We’re providing assistance to any law enforcement that’s here.”

These security missions vary from what Reiss called “static” security, such as guarding a bank. The 175th is also patrolling with local sheriff’s deputies, knocking on doors and evacuating people.

The battalion has been in the New Orleans area for almost a week, but Reiss said the troops remain upbeat.

“I know the troop morale’s been very high, because we’re here to do our job,” she said. “We’re here to help people.”

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