February 7, 2003

Texas National Guards sends group to aid shuttle recovery

Eagle staff report

A group of local Texas National Guard members have been sent to San Augustine to help in the debris recovery effort for the space shuttle Columbia.

About 100 soldiers have already departed from the 112th Armor’s Fourth Battalion, which is headquartered in Bryan.

“Most of them are doing what everyone else has been doing,” said Sgt. Greg Ripps, a Texas National Guard spokesman. “They’re making sure people don’t get near the debris that they’re not supposed to.”

The Fourth Battalion is joining almost 500 other state national guardsmen and women who have recently been sent to the Nacogdoches area, where the majority of the shuttle debris is believed to have fallen.

The group’s stay is San Augustine is indefinite, Ripps said.

More National Guard members are on standby throughout the state.

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