Oklahoma brigadier general heads up operations in Louisiana

Tuesday, September 6th 2005, 6:12 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma Army National Guard general is heading up the military's relief operations in New Orleans.

Brigadier General Myles -L- Deering has been given command of Joint Task Force New Orleans, a combined effort of active duty and National Guard troops working to restore order to the city in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Major General Harry -M- Wyatt the Third says Deering was chosen for the post because the Oklahoma National Guard contingent was the first one to reach New Orleans after disaster struck last week.

He already commands Task Force Oklahoma, made up of 2,200 Oklahoma Army National Guard soldiers who were sent to the hurricane-ravaged region last week.

Wyatt said the state task force is responsible for securing an area southwest of the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.