Iowa National Guard Sends Troops and Helicopters on Aid Mission to Texas

Governor Asa Hutchinson has authorized the deployment of 1,500 National Guard troops from Arkansas to help with the recovery efforts in Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

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

He said they struggled with supplies the first couple of days, but things have improved since the army arrived, and locals are bringing them food.

The eleven soldiers who are being deployed with the Chinooks come from Iowa Guard units in Davenport, Johnston and Boone.

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Hapgood added that this is not the first time Iowa soldiers have been called on following a major storm.

Friday, approximately 27 personnel from the 38th Infantry Division Mobile Command Group were sent to Texas. Gen. Courtney P. Carr, the Adjutant General of the Indiana National Guard.

The soldiers will join Guardsmen from across the nation who are being activated in response to Hurricane Harvey.

"A lot of devastation throughout the area", said Macias. Spokesman Col. Greg Hapgood says the copters will be used to move supplies and equipment around the flood-ravaged city.

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