Guard Improves Recruiting, Adds Unit
Transportation companies help civilians by transporting goods and people.
First Lt. John Gooch served in a transportation unit for six years.
"Being in a transportation company is, to me, the most amazing thing. Best job in the Army," he said. "Went down to Katrina, transportation was important down there. Was with a transportation unit in Iraq. It was a very rewarding experience."
The Missouri National Guard already has a transportation company, but the new unit will be able to do more.
"It has an off-road capability, and that which is existent right now is an on-road capability, which will give us a greater opportunity to respond to an emergency event," said Maj. Gen. King Sidwell.
"I'm excited about this new unit coming into the state," added Gooch. "It's going to be a benefit."
The National Guard said recent funding and equipment shortages have hurt its ability to respond in emergencies.
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