Las Vegas was among a number of New Mexico towns welcoming home more than 400 National Guardsmen returning from a 12-day deployment to Louisiana, where they distributed food, water and other supplies to the victims of Hurricane Gustav.
Brigadier General Kenny Montoya said the mission began as the governor of Louisiana asked New Mexico’s governor for help. He said after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, officials wanted to be prepared, so the National Guard went to the president and asked if the troops could be federalized.
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