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Iowa soldiers, 2 helicopters to be part of Harvey relief effort

Iowa soldiers, 2 helicopters to be part of Harvey relief effort

On Saturday, 500 soldiers left Norman and are heading to help Hurricane Harvey victims. After the discussion, and in light of Texas' need, Hutchinson made a decision to send the troops, the release said.

Arkansas is part of a large contingent of states, reaching as far as Alaska, that have sent their citizen soldiers to help Houston and the surrounding areas recover as floodwaters recede in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which first made landfall on August 25.

They departed via two Pennsylvania CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Muir Army Airfield at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County and are flying to Grand Prairie airport near Dallas, Wolf said. This is their first local crew to head Texas.

The National Guard is dropping in more than supplies, but also hope to people who need it now more than ever. More than 1,500 Guardsmen are preparing to deploy to Texas in the coming days.

Friday, approximately 27 personnel from the 38th Infantry Division Mobile Command Group were sent to Texas.

The release from the Iowa's Governor's Office said the state of Texas formally requested Iowa join the multi-state support efforts.

The soldiers will join Guardsmen from across the nation who are being activated in response to Hurricane Harvey.

"This is what we do as members of the Nebraska National Guard".

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