Pennsylvania National Guard
It was a special welcome home in University City Saturday for 150 Pennsylvania national guard soldiers.
Joe Brooks, head of the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern NJ, says the boxes contained not only local products such as Tastykakes and Wawa coffee, but some more personal items.
“All in all, it looks pretty good,” said Col. Sam Hayes.
Around 300 soldiers from the Pennsylvania National Guard are preparing to deploy to Kuwait. And there was a departure ceremony in their honor, this morning.
“We’ve mobilized about 1,200 soldiers so far,” says Sgt. Matthew Jones. “About 400 of those are in Wilkes-Barre. So far they have had to rescue over 150 civilians.”
Governor Corbett says the disaster declaration will enable state and local governments to respond more quickly and efficiently to any problems the storm may cause.
Patriotism echoed off Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Pavilion, as thousands witnessed a program begun with a Buddhist invocation and ended with Mayor Nutter’s call for an American Education Revolution.
Close to 4,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been made aware of the fact that they could be going to the Middle East for a year-long deployment.
About 100 men and women from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 131st transportation company attended a send-off ceremony with their families, this afternoon, in Northeast Philadelphia.