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Beebe Says War May Crimp Guard's Help in State Disasters

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Governor Beebe says the Arkansas National Guard may not have enough resources to help with a disaster cleanup because much of the Guard's heavy equipment is being used in Iraq.  Beebe's remarks follow comments by Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius in the wake of a deadly tornado in her state.  Sebelius says much of the state's National Guard equipment was going to war efforts in Iraq.

Beebe said Arkansas may have the same problem in the event of a natural disaster.  The governor said that much of the guard's engineering unit is deployed in Iraq and the state's Blackhawk helicopters are also overseas.

Arkansas National Guard spokesman Captain Chris Heathscott says he is aware of the issues raised by Beebe and the Kansas governor.  He says if equipment is needed in an Arkansas disaster, the state will have what it needs either in its own Guard inventory or the state can borrow the equipment from other National Guard units in other states.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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