US National Guard, Army headed to Florida to help with hurricane relief

Roughly 2,500 soldiers with the 32 infantry brigade will be sent to Florida this week, said Capt. Joe Trovato.

Maj. General Mark Bartman told The Associated Press Saturday the Ohio National Guard will be part of a contingent of totaling around 7,000 soldiers from National Guard units in Wisconsin, Indiana and MI.

Knight’s son will be working shoulder to shoulder with him as a member of the guard.

Florida is also receiving assistance from more than 100 members of the 253rd Transportation Company, New Jersey National Guard, bringing with them high-wheeled vehicles.

– The Army also has active-duty officers assigned with FEMA Regions II, IV, and V Headquarters to assist with providing expert military advice on storm response efforts.

The Guard’s mission in Florida will be similar to what it was in Texas.

“Our main job is to focus on humanitarian efforts and provide medical evacuation and triage as well as patient transfer from hurricane-affected areas in the Caribbean, especially the Virgin Islands”, said 1st Lt. John Kerr, a Blackhawk Pilot with the 2/238th.

“We’ve got two task forces down there”, AG Wilham said, “each of about 500 soldiers”.

The crew loaded two Blackhawk helicopters onto a C-17 Globemaster.

While relief efforts are still underway in Texas, the Oklahoma National Guard is keeping a close eye on Hurricane Irma as well.

More than a million of Puerto Rico’s 3.5 million US citizens were estimated to be without power. The Port and its tenants and users continue to make preparations for Hurricane Irma’s arrival, in full accordance with the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Information Bulletin posted below.

The 105th Airlift Wing, which is based at Stewart Air National Base outside Newburgh, New York, committed 12 airmen to the Caribbean mission.

A public affairs team of both Vermont Army and Air National Guardsmen will be serving at Camp Mabry during their mission.

Gov. Christie already approved aid to Texas for victims of Hurricane Harvey.

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