Nebraska deploys National Guard to provide hurricane relief

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Even as the firefighting continues, two small teams with the Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron are being sent on a very different mission: assisting the relief effort in Texas. Following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, members of the unit established and operated a helicopter landing zone on a highway overpass in New Orleans that helped evacuate almost 12,000 citizens.

The US state of Texas activated its entire National Guard in response to catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, Governor Greg Abbott announced on Monday.

The U.S. Air National Guard also has aircraft and troops assisting in urban search and rescue efforts in Houston, the nation's fourth largest city.

Coast Guard officials say they've rescued more than 1,400 people since Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

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The soldiers are trained and equipped to conduct medical evacuation and rescue missions by helicopter.

The Defense Department is prepositioning troops, search and rescue units, aircraft, vehicles, equipment and supplies to staging areas near the worst of the flooding in southeastern Texas in anticipation of a possible request for assistance, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

The New York Air National Guard has provided one Lockheed C-130 Hercules military transport aircraft, two Boeing C-17s military transport aircraft and three helicopters.

The Defense Logistics Agency has additionally prepositioned 11 generators, 50,000 gal of motor gasoline, and 50,000 gal of diesel to the area to support the federal response, according to Manning.



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