Tuesday, March 31, 2009: 1117 CST—Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs is continuing to cover the flood support mission at Grand Forks Air Force Base.
“We are staying on to support the efforts of the augmentees that are assisting in personnel shortages at Grand Forks Air Force Base. We are working in the dining facility, our logistics readiness forces are driving shuttles, and our security forces are participating in field missions. We are projected to stay throughout the week and possibly into the following week.” Below are photos from Monday, March 30, 2009 that show the continued devastation in the area.
Aboard a UH-1N “Huey,” one of our crews from the 54th Helicopter Squadron at Minot Air Force Base was surveying the area in preparation for any needed search and rescue missions on the Red River. In doing so, we noticed a train frozen in its tracks, due to the flooding of the river north of Fargo, North Dakota.
While continuing to conduct aerial surveys, we passed by Army National Guard crews placing sandbags on the dike surrounding this home on the Red River, north of Fargo, North Dakota.
The F.L.I.R, or Forward Looking Infrared system, is just one of the many tools that our two crews use to facilitate search and rescue operations. The system can detect body heat from flood victims that are not easily seen, making the search missions more effective.