ROBINSON MANUEVER TRAINING CENTER, Ark. - The Arkansas National Guard received calls for winter weather support Wednesday morning, after heavy amounts of ice and snow blanketed the state Tuesday night. The initial missions for the Guard included using a four-wheel-drive ambulance support to Pulaski and Faulkner Counties.

Seven personnel with seven military ambulances assisted the first responders based at the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS) in Conway, Little Rock and Jacksonville.

The Guard is also sending a team to Hot Springs to support the Garland County Road Dept. and Garland Co. Dept. of Emergency Management. This team includes six members from the 189th Airlift Wing, based at the Little Rock Air Force Base. They will use chainsaws to clear trees out of the roads. The team is expected to start work about 7 a.m. Thursday and continue through Saturday.

(Source: Major Chris Heathcott, Arkansas National Guard)