I am a National Guardsman helping with the eruption in Hawai'i. Ask me anything!
My name is Staff Sergeant James Ziegler, and I'm a combat engineer in the Hawai'i National Guard. Several guardsmen in my unit, myself included, were activated to assist with the ongoing volcanic activity on the big island of Hawai'i. I thought it would be fun and informative to do a AMA, and my Public Affairs Officer (PAO) gave me the go-ahead on the conditions that I make it clear that I speak for myself, not for the Hawai'i National Guard, Task Force Hawai'i, or any other organization.
My team handles a lot of tasks, including providing a presence patrol, monitoring sulfur dioxide levels, and looking for evidence of new activity. Today I helped escort a media tour through the active area, including camera crews for CNN and NBC. AMA!
edit: I've got to call it a night, ladies and gentlemen, since I need to be up at 3:00am for my shift. I'll answer more when I can.