RI National Guard heads to Texas

Sep 04, 2017, 11:26
RI National Guard heads to Texas

The Iowa Army National Guard is joining the flood recovery effort in Houston.

Since Hurricane Harvey hit, they've delivered thousands of pounds of supplies to southeast Texas' hardest hit areas, and KHOU 11 cameras hopped on board to see one of those supply missions up close.

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The Guard says two CH-47F Chinook supply helicopters were scheduled to deploy Friday along with soldiers from Davenport, Boone and Johnston units.

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. "With the chinook, we're able to provide them with the services they need".

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The 1,500 will join a group of about 30 Arkansas National Guardsmen already on the ground there, marking the state Guard's largest domestic mobilization since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. "The Pennsylvania National Guard stands ready to support our commonwealth and nation whenever and wherever we are needed".

So far, the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard has more than 60 soldiers and airmen deployed to Texas in support of relief efforts.

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The National Guard has no time to rest.

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