Iowa National Guard soldiers deploy to Texas

Saul Bowman
September 4, 2017

"The Iowa National Guard has responded to more than a dozen different domestic response missions since 2005, including Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav, so this is a mission we're very familiar with", he says.

The soldiers departed in two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap yesterday and flew to Grand Prairie airport near Dallas. It's possible Texas Gov. Greg Abbott could request additional assistance in the coming weeks. "Minnesota stands ready to assist in any way we can". "We're proud of those families too".

The 38th Infantry Division, headquartered in Indianapolis, deployed its Mobile Command Group, consisting of 27 personnel, to Texas.

The soldiers will join Guardsmen from across the country and will stay as long as needed in order to protect the lives and property of the citizens impacted by the storm. Chinooks are workhorses that can haul thousands of pounds of supplies while still flying faster than the smaller and more compact Black Hawk helicopters often used for aerial water rescues.

"A lot of devastation throughout the area", said Macias. Sunday morning, crews from across Texas helped to deliver the things people need to survive in Chambers and Liberty counties.

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