News Alert: State of Louisiana Requests Title 32 Designation for up to 8,000 Members of Louisiana National Guard
Posted: 8/28/2012 7:57:43 PM
Louisiana Business Emergency Operations Center
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 28, 2012
State of Louisiana Requests Title 32 Designation
for up to 8,000 Members of Louisiana National Guard
Governor Bobby Jindal formally requested Title 32 status from the Pentagon for Louisiana National Guard members
responding to Hurricane Isaac, which would approve funding for up to 180 days of military duty for up to 8,000 guard members.
The letter the Governor sent to the Pentagon is below:
August 27, 2012
Honorable Leon E. Panetta
Secretary of Defense
Pentagon
Washington, DC 20310
Dear Secretary Panetta:
I ask you to approve funding for up to 180 days of military duty in Title 32 USC 502(f) status for the Soldiers and Airmen
serving on State active duty in support of our response to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac to the State of Louisiana. Title 32
status will allow the members of the National Guard supporting Tropical Storm Isaac relief to receive military retirement points,
health insurance and most importantly disability protection. I request that you authorize up to 8,000 Soldiers and Airmen in a
Title 32 status.
I have ordered over 4,000 Louisiana National Guard soldiers and airmen to state active duty in order to provide security,
medical capabilities, engineers and communication support in response to the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaac. None of
the soldiers or airmen are serving in a federal status.
Currently, our soldiers and airmen are staging for and engaged in the planning of the massive effort to evacuate and provide
security to the New Orleans metropolitan area. They are engaged in the protection of vital infrastructure to include medical
facilities, fuel distribution, interstate highways, water-ice distribution and power facilities which are all vital to the recovery of
-moreLouisiana.
I anticipate requesting National Guard forces from other states in the region to augment our capabilities, so I
anticipate that this will be a multi-state response to this storm.
I believe these National Guard operations in response to the threat of Tropical Storm Isaac are necessary and appropriate to
protect this region of our nation from a significant national event with the potential for major damage. Louisiana is home to
many federal and state military bases to include NSA New Orleans and Fort Polk. Jackson Barracks is the site of a multimillion
dollar federal reconstruction investment. Fort Polk is currently training for wartime missions and will be further tasked
with Tropical Storm Isaac which may also become a homeland defense mission.
Thank you for consideration of this request.
Sincerely,
Bobby Jindal
Governor
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