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Answering Katrina's call

Southeast Missourian reporter Scott Moyers and photographer Don Frazier were invited to accompany the National Guard's 1140th Engineer Battalion on their way to Louisiana and New Orleans for clean-up operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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Sgt. Michael Durran, right, of Columbia, Mo., performed some last minute maintenance on his military vehicle as Spc. Donald Hoffman of Iberia, Mo. looked on as the 1140th Transportation Co. of the Army Natl. Guard prepared leave of duty in Louisianna, Thursday, September 8, 2005.

Spc. Mitchell Kester of Fruitland, Mo., discussed his why he felt the mission the National Guard's mission to Louisiana was important as fellow guardsmen Spc. Jeff Cook a native of Jackson, Mo., took a nap during the bus ride through Mississippi, Thursday, Septmeber 8, 2005.

Air Force JAG Lt. Col. Thomas Huber, left, used an M-16 rifle to explain on what use of force would be acceptable in different situations involving criminals during a briefing at Belle Chasse Naval Air Station near New Orleans, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005. Huber cautioned that even though things had improved in the past 72 hrs. things were still dangerous.

Capt. Damon LaCour of Kansas City, Mo., started his day early Saturday, Sept. 10, 2005, with a shave using his vehicle's outside review mirror.

Soldiers with the 1140th Missouri Natl. Guard Unit moved into their new quarters in the Alario Sports Center, New Orleans, La., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, as they prepare to begin relief missions as soon as Monday.

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