Pentagon: Military Response In Texas Could Soon Expand

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Oklahoma National Guard members, including at least one from Enid, have responded to a request to assist in southern Texas following Hurricane Harvey.

The Kentucky Air National Guard also deployed 18 more Air Guardsmen earlier this week and another 8 earlier Tuesday afternoon.

30 soldiers and airmen are there, helping with relief efforts.

The 32nd infantry is the largest unit in the Wisconsin National Guard with 3,400 soldiers, and is based at Camp Williams in Camp Douglas, with soldiers in units across the state and in MI.

"I would like to emphasize that our response to this hurricane has been different to anything we've experienced before, and we expect it to be much longer in the response phase in terms of what we would normally see with a hurricane", Air Force Maj.

Twenty Virginia Department of Forestry staff members are in southeast Texas as well to help the U.S. Forest Service.The Virginia Department of Emergency Management is sending emergency managers to help with sheltering operations and the coordination of the many volunteer organizations on the ground.

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Witham is the director of domestic operations for the National Guard Bureau. "These include both Air National Guard and Army National Guard rotary-wing assets".

"The Colorado National Guard has additional capabilities ready for follow on requests from Texas while continuing to maintain homeland defense, overseas operations and civil support forces here in Colorado".

Dancer says the Michigan National Guard has had similar deployments before.

Guardian Angel teams from the 212th Rescue Squadron previously assisted with search and rescue in support of relief operations after Hurricane Katrina and the Kashmir natural disaster in Pakistan in 2005, and Hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008.

Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night unleashing winds of up to 130 miles per hour and "catastrophic" flooding across parts of southeastern Texas.

Texas Guardsmen train year-round with partner first responders such as Texas Task Force 1 so that when a disaster occurs in Texas, they are prepared. They've rescued hundreds of people so far.

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