Guardsmen to Help with Harvey

Alaska National Guard members helping with Harvey rescues

Alaska National Guard members helping with Harvey rescues

Governor Tom Wolf announced that ten soldiers from the Pennsylvania Army National Guard departed today in two Pennsylvania CH-47 Chinook helicopters to join hurricane relief efforts in Texas.

"I am glad that Minnesota will be able to assist the victims of the awful tragedy in Texas, with 11 Minnesota National Guard soldiers accompanying two Chinook helicopters to join in relief efforts", Dayton said in a statement.

Members of the Guard took off at 10:00 p.m. Friday from the Quonset Air National Guard Base. The aircraft and crew members will be used to move supplies, equipment and people in support of the response operations. "We're ready and willing to offer additional support as needed".

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According to the announcement, the state of Texas requested support from Iowa.

The 10 Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers will join six Pennsylvania Air National Guard Airmen, who already deployed earlier this week.

The soldiers will deploy on Saturday, September 2 and help others in the area to recover in the aftermath of the devastating storm. "This is what we train for; this is why America has a National Guard". Some groups of Texas National Guard soldiers in Houston have relied on cellphones, and in some cases social media, to communicate as radio communication has become hard across the sprawling Texas city. This is why America has a National Guard.

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