Kentucky National Guard Soldiers train to guard the environment

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Story and photos by Spc. April Henderson and Pvt. Johanna Bratcher, 75th Troop Command Unit Public Affairs/Historian Representatives

Kentucky National Guardsmen take a Spills Response for Mobile Fuelers course at Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky.

GREENVILLE, Ky. — The Kentucky National Guard trains Soldiers to react quickly and efficiently in the event of spills or accidents where fuel or hazardous materials come in contact with the ground.

“With the cost of spills, whether it is fines or cleanup, it’s still money that goes out the door that the military can’t use on the warfront,” said Bob Prewitt, instructor for the Spills Response for Mobile Fuelers course for the Kentucky National Guard.

Prewitt ‘s mission is to train Guard Soldiers on the guidelines and regulations that address incidents involving hazardous materials.

According to Prewitt, the things that would cost the military money are manpower to clean up spills, equipment or kits used in the cleanup and fixing any damages that may have occurred due to the spills or accidents.

Bob Prewitt, instructor for the Spills Response for Mobile Fuelers course, teaches Kentucky National Guard refuelers how to prepare and take care of spills during the Spill Response for Mobile Fuelers course at the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center in Greenville, Ky., March 26.

There are many affects that can occur with hazardous spills or accidents such as ground contamination, civilian drinking water supply and ruining the habitat of local animals.  Prewitt’s training gives Kentucky Guardsmen a tool to maintain the quality of life in the Commonwealth.

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