Texas Guardsmen, Partners, Neighbors Rescue 1000 From Floods

Texas Guardsmen, Partners, Neighbors Rescue 1000 From Floods

Texas Guardsmen, Partners, Neighbors Rescue 1000 From Floods

"For National Guard resources to go, there has to be a request made, and they have not done that yet", Maj.

The guard is sending a helicopter, forklifts, medical air crews and other equipment and personnel to help with rescue efforts following historic flooding in south Texas.

Soldiers from Tupelo's Company D, 2d Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment are providing search and rescue support using two LUH 72A Lakota helicopters.

There are more than 32,000 people in shelters across Texas as Harvey continues drenching the state's Gulf Coast.

The 32nd infantry is the largest unit in the Wisconsin National Guard with 3,400 soldiers, and is based at Camp Williams in Camp Douglas, with soldiers in units across the state and in MI. Staff Officers were also sent to the National Guard Bureau Joint Operations Center near Washington, D.C., to assist in both the Intelligence and Operations sections.

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The National Guard has a unique dual-mission as the nation's first military responder in times of emergency, while simultaneously fulfilling its role as the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force.

Oregon - About 15 members of the 125th Special Tactics Squadron; missions include rescue as well as restoring airfields so that supplies can be flown in. Others brought water and helped transfer people and equipment onto the National Guard vehicles. Forecasters say if will come ashore again around the Texas/Louisiana border, and Louisiana is bracing for the storm.

Lieutenant Colonel Lindy White said the National Guard has been prepared to deploy since Friday, they were just waiting for notification of the need. Harvey stalled over Texas after making landfall three days ago and kept dumping rain on the state. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas Adjutant General.

The activation includes members of the Texas National Guard and the Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Forces, officials said.

"This is what we're trained and created to do, is to help people in a situation like this", said Capt. Joe Trovato, a spokesman with the Wisconsin National Guard.

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