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Aug. 30, 2011—
Air Force bases along the East Coast remained relatively unscathed by Hurricane Irene's wrath after the storm reached the US East Coast Aug. 27 and worked its way from North Carolina up to New England.

At JB Langley-Eustis, Va., there were some downed trees and "minor flooding," but overall the joint installation "sustained no major damage" and was operating under normal conditions, SMSgt. Anna Hayman, a Langley spokeswoman, told the Daily Report Monday.

Langley's F-22s, which flew to Grissom ARB, Ind., to avoid the storm, were expected back shortly, said Hayman. Due to operational security concerns, Air Force officials will not say exactly when they're flying back.

Air Force officials temporarily lifted the F-22 fleet's standing grounding order for Langley's Raptors so they could evacuate ahead of Irene. They will once again return to grounded status upon arrival, base officials have said.

Members of the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., were out cleaning up damage left by the storm Monday, after the base received nearly 10 inches of rainfall and battled 60-knot winds on Aug. 27. About 40 trees fell around the base and a few facilities received roof damage, according to a base release.

JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst experienced some flooding and damage assessment teams were spread out across the base on Monday to determine the full extent of damages.

"The cleanup and restoration of JB MDL will start once we have identified all the issues and prioritize them," said MSgt. Ronald Boulanger, 87th Civil Engineer Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of construction, in a release from the joint base.

The base's aircraft and rapid response teams had evacuated to Little Rock AFB, Ark., Aug. 27 as a precautionary measure.

Scott AFB, Ill., hosted more than 20 aircraft displaced by Irene, including eight F-15Cs from the Florida Air Guard's 125th Fighter Wing at Jacksonville; four FA-18 Hornets from Strike Fighter Wing Atlantic out of NAS Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.; two C-40s and two C-38s from the 201st Airlift Squadron at JB Andrews Md., and five C-21s from Andrews' 457th AS.

Overall, the National Guard activated 7,675 members in 18 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico to tackle Irene and its aftermath. Connecticut Guard members helped clear debris and performed high-water search and rescue missions, while Guardsmen in Washington, D.C., helped control traffic.

Other Guardsmen flew helicopters from as far away as Alaska, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Ohio on standby in case they were needed for search and rescue, damage assessment, transportation, or other missions, according to a National Guard Bureau release.

The Guard also appointed dual-status commanders to lead state National Guard and federal forces—a move officials claim sped up response and improved communication between Air Force and Army units.