MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is among the states reducing the
number of National Guard troops at cleanup sites now that oil is no
longer being pumped into the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials say that at the height of the Guard's involvement in
July, there were 430 troops taking part.
Now they say Alabama has reduced the number to 200, and most of
those troops are providing security.
The multipurpose response team is still in the Gulf, and some chaplains and chaplain assistants also are continuing to work in the area.
Maj. Gene Butler, chief of the Guard's Joint Operations Center
during the oil spill response, says a claims-action team finished
its mission and has returned.
He says Guardsmen also erected and maintained barriers on Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan.