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National Guard Response to Harvey Could Rise Tenfold, If Needed

31 August 2017

The Mississippi National Guard says it has approximately 30 personnel serving in support of Hurricane Harvey response operations in Texas.

On Monday, about 15 members of the The Oregon Air National Guard's 125th Special Tactics Squadron flew into Texas.

Gov. Scott Walker offered to send Wisconsin troops to Texas earlier this week. "We will remain here as long as we are needed".

The News Journal of Wilmington reports a statement from the DE guard says a C-130 aircraft was launched Tuesday to support evacuation efforts in Texas.

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The Red Arrow is the Wisconsin National Guard's largest unit, and it is headquartered at Camp Williams in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, with units spread across all of Wisconsin as well as one battalion in MI.

The airmen were expected to arrive late in the evening at Kelly Air Force Base in San Antonio. And there's the potential that we could grow up to 100 helicopters, as required by the state of Texas, as we continue to respond to the historic flooding around the Houston area.

Witham is the director of domestic operations for the National Guard Bureau.

The Colorado Air National Guard will provide medical capabilities while the Colorado Army National Guard provides aviation support.

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Walsh adds the deployment of personnel to assist in the aftermath of Harvey will not affect the station's ability to staff day to day operations, including search and rescue, law enforcement and patrolling the waters around Sturgeon Bay.

"For National Guard resources to go, there has to be a request made, and they have not done that yet", Maj.

The activation includes members of the Texas National Guard and the Texas State Guard with the Texas Military Forces, officials said.

The Wisconsin National Guard will provide further updates as they become available. "We wish them a safe journey as they represent Pennsylvania in assisting with the disaster in Texas".

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Since making landfall on Friday, Harvey has dumped 9 trillion gallons of water on Texas.

National Guard Response to Harvey Could Rise Tenfold, If Needed