Some two-dozen U.S. Army Reserve soldiers from the 401st Quartermaster Detachment in Lock Haven have headed to New Jersey to help victims of flooding from Superstorm Sandy.
The military personnel will be part of a pump unit to rid areas of high waters.
"They will pick up pumps at Fort Dix and be pumping water until the mission is done," said spokesman Lt. Col. Matthew Lawrence.
It will mark the first time that Army Reserve soldiers have been activated for a domestic disaster under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which streamlined the process for Federal Reserve forces to mobilize in support of relief efforts within local communities.
Lawrence said the reserve units will work with the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Association.
Three Army Reserve detachments are taking part in the mission. Also participating in the efforts are the 410th and 431st Quartermaster teams from Gainesville, Fla., and Kinston, N.C.
Each unit is designed to operate six 600-gallon-per-minute water pumps.
"The Army Reserve is providing units to support first responders and our fellow Americans," said Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, commander, Army Reserve. "These are skilled Army Reserve soldiers that live and serve in communities across America to include the areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, and we stand ready to provide additional support as needed."
Lawrence said the Reserve units arrived in New Jersey on Saturday.