LUMBERTON — The highest-ranking officer in the National Guard has promised North Carolina whatever support it needs to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.
Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, the chief of the National Guard Bureau and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the promise during a tour Wednesday of parts of the state ravaged by Florence.
“Other states are trying to get troops and equipment and helicopters here,” he told soldiers who have been a key part of relief efforts in Lumberton for nearly a week. “We’re all postured in support of you.”
At a Lumberton armory, following a drive across a city divided by floodwaters from the Lumber River, Lengyel and Maj. Gen. Gregory A. Lusk, the adjutant general of the North Carolina National Guard, met with soldiers helping keep the community together.