Arkansas National Guard Deploys to Texas

11 Iowa soldiers, 2 helicopters to be part of Harvey relief effort

"Our Guardsmen have joined efforts with numerous other states to serve our fellow citizens in Texas", said Pennsylvania Adjutant General Major General Tony Carrelli.

The soldiers from the 34th Combat Aviation Brigade were scheduled to fly Friday from St. Cloud, the Minnesota National Guard said.

The Guard resources deployed to Houston, according to a release from the Iowa Governor's Office. Duties for these soldiers will include maintaining the more than 90 helicopters being used by the National Guard in recovery operations as well as assisting with supply deliveries and recovery operations.

Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers load bottled water onto a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Fort Indiantown Gap in preparation to depart for the Hurricane Harvey relief effort in Texas. This deployment comes as a response to a request for help from teams in Texas.

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The Arkansas soldiers and airmen will arrive at an area where procedures have become nontraditional at times in the days since the storm hit.

The National Guard has been on stand-by since Harvey first made landfall.

On Sunday, 400 service members left the reserve center in Mustang, one day after some of their colleagues were deployed from Norman.

Nebraska Task Force 1, based in Lincoln, has been on the scene as well and has helped with more than 1,500 rescues.

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