Oklahoma soldiers head to Texas for Harvey relief efforts

11 Iowa soldiers, 2 helicopters to be part of Harvey relief effort
Ark. National Guard Deploying to Texas for Hurricane Relief

04 September, 2017

Oklahoma National Guard officials say soldiers from the 179th Infantry Regiment and the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team will form a task force to provide security, distribution, maintenance and shelter operations.

Multiple convoys from the Arkansas National Guard departed for the areas of Texas impacted by Harvey.

The Iowa Army National Guard is sending two helicopters and 11 soldiers - including soldiers based in Davenport - to the Houston area to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The state Guard already has two five-soldier helicopter crews and a 14-member hazardous-material survey team in Texas.

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The Chinooks have a hoist that can be used for rescue missions if necessary, but "our job is cargo", Nebraska Army National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Dallas Bundy said. The National Guard took over a private airport in Brookshire, where they are preparing 8,000 pounds of supplies.

The 38th Infantry Division, headquartered in Indianapolis, deployed its Mobile Command Group, consisting of 27 personnel, to Texas. This is the first time Christianson has deployed for a natural disaster, but he has deployed overseas to Kuwait and Iraq.

"For the people that need that, that's how they're staying alive, no food, no water", said Brian Hurst, Liberty's Fire Chief.

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