National Guard Deploying to Texas for Hurricane Relief

Sep 04, 2017, 11:26
National Guard Deploying to Texas for Hurricane Relief

Eleven soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade were sent to Texas Friday to support response efforts for Hurricane Harvey.

They departed via two Pennsylvania CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County and are flying to Grand Prairie airport near Dallas, Wolf said.

The Indiana National Guard will lend its help to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

Once the Chinooks have dropped off supplies, smaller aircraft, trucks or other forms of transportation can ferry the water or food to the places that need it most: hospitals, shelters or temporary military bases.

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Some Nebraska National Guard members have worked with Texas National Guard since July 1993 in a combined partnership with the Czech Republic and consider the Texas crews "great teammates", Bohac said. "They will stay as long as needed in order to protect the lives and property of the citizens impacted by the storm".

The National Guard has no time to rest. "This is a core competency of the National Guard". "This is what we train for. Minnesota stands ready to assist in any way we can".

The Guard is deploying 11 soldiers and two Chinook helicopters to the Houston area.

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