Oklahoma National Guard sending more support to Texas

A CH-47F Chinook helicopter prepares for liftoff at the Iowa Army National Guard Aviation Battalion in Davenport

The state's National Guard anticipates sending over 200 more guardsmen through the weekend.

The Guard's 1-76th Wing deployed 14 para-rescuers and combat rescue officers from the 2-12th Rescue Squadron.

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. The deployment is in response to an emergency management assistance compact request from Texas to Nebraska. "The Pennsylvania National Guard stands ready to support our commonwealth and nation whenever and wherever we are needed". Stephen Wright, a Guard public affairs specialist.

Governor Asa Hutchinson authorized the deployment of 1,500 National Guardsmen from Arkansas to head to Texas to help in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. "We're proud of those families too".

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Upon arrival, they will join thousands of National Guard members and first responders already on site.

The deployment is primarily made up of Airmen from the Nebraska Air National Guard's 155th Medical Group in Lincoln.

The Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System has also been manning the Houston VA's call center, taking more than 15,000 calls since August 25, spokesman Chris Durney said.

Iowa soldiers participating are stationed in Davenport, Boone and Johnson. This is the first time Christianson has deployed for a natural disaster, but he has deployed overseas to Kuwait and Iraq.

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