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Victoria's Secret and the National Guard: Hurricane Sandy duo was unlikely but effective

HOTtopic041212_optBY REBECCA SHEEHAN
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hurricane Sandy displaced many New Yorkers due to its high winds and raging flood waters. As a result, New York’s Army National Guard’s 69th Infantry regiment found themselves right in the middle of the weather beaten war zone doing all they could to help. But as the storm created power outages and food shortages the 300 National Guardsmen were found in a tough situation – stuck in the city without power, hot water and their supplies were just about gone. When their options began to dwindle they were rescued by a different kind of angel – A Victoria Secret Angel.

The scantily clad VS angels that all men have come to love sprung into action to help out the National Guard in a time of need.

“We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up,” said Captain Brendan Gendron, the Regiment’s operations officer to Wired magazine.

The lingerie powerhouse is scheduled to hold its annual fashion show tomorrow night (Wednesday) at the historic New York Army National Guard’s armory located on 25th Street and Lexington. According to an article posted on Yahoo.com, the show’s producers were already in town for the event when the storm hit and had eight 500-kilowatt generators that they were happy to lend to the soldiers.

Once the hot water was back for the 69th Infantry for showering, the Victoria's Secret producers figured out a way to restore power to the whole armory.

"They went into the basement and found the main switch connecting the century-old landmark to the lines of Con Edison, the local utility," Wired Magazine reported. "The idea was to shut down the connection between Con Ed, then attach the Victoria Secret lines during to the armory's busbar—the long metal strips that conduct electricity to a switchboard. It was a kludge, and it had to be done right: the producers didn't want to fry the building when the local Con Ed substation finally started generating electricity again."

Victoria’ s Secret consulting producer of the fashion who, Dave Shapiro, also found a way to get the communications system up and running for the infantry. "We plopped two routers in their command center," he told Wired, "and now they're sitting on our internet backbone."

Even with all the help from the lingerie company, according to the New York Post, roughly 300 soldiers have been displaced from the armory because the show must go on. Due to the private celebrity dressing rooms that need to be established, the men have been transferred to the Jacob Javits Center, the Harlem Armory and a handful of hotels. As reported by the Post, they will be bunking five to 10 to a room.

 

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