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Oklahoma National Guard sending more support to Texas

Oklahoma National Guard sending more support to Texas”

"With a storm of this magnitude, they need help because it's kind of a Hurricane Katrina kind of thing", said Major Williams Phillips with the Arkansas National Guard. After the discussion, and in light of Texas' need, Hutchinson made a decision to send the troops, the release said.

Houston Executive Airport is one of three hubs the Texas Army National Guard is operating from.

The soldiers will conduct aviation operations in Texas on two St. Cloud-based CH-47 Chinook helicopters.

Governor Mark Dayton has approved sending 11 soldiers from Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade to support the response efforts. "Guardsmen will be leaving tomorrow, and the deployment could extend up to 30 days".

"The soldiers will join Guardsmen from across the nation who are being activated in response to Hurricane Harvey", the Guard's statement reads.

So far, the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard has more than 60 soldiers and airmen deployed to Texas in support of relief efforts.

The team will help with moving supplies, equipment, and people. "Minnesota stands ready to assist in any way we can".

Upon arrival, they will join thousands of National Guard members and first responders already on site.



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