DoD moves troops, search-rescue units, aircraft, vehicles to Texas

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The state is coordinating with the National Guard Bureau to deploy an additional 10,000 members.

He said a majority of the service members are from El Paso and surrounding areas.

Dancer says the Michigan National Guard has also been told it may need to deploy an infantry battalion later in the month.

Texas National Guard soldiers arrive in Houston, Texas to aid citizens in heavily flooded areas from the storms of Hurricane Harvey.

The soldiers will use helicopters to assist in search and rescue missions, while the airmen will help transport other National Guardsmen for response support.

"As the people of Houston and other nearby areas continue to struggle with the bad impacts of Hurricane Harvey, Virginia is ready to provide whatever assistance we can", said Governor McAuliffe.

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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.

The Oklahoma Army National Guard's LUH-72, Lakota helicopter with hoist capability departed from Muldrow Army Heliport located at the Army Aviation Support Facility-1, in Lexington, Oklahoma, this morning.

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 Aug. 25 near Rockport, Texas, north of Corpus Christi, as the first Category 4 hurricane to landfall in the US since Charley in August 2004.

"Anytime we have severe weather that impacts our state or neighboring states, our job is to be prepared to provide support", said Col. Hiram Tabler, director of military support.

Since making landfall on Friday, Harvey has dumped 9 trillion gallons of water on Texas. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general, in a release. "We will remain here as long as we are needed".

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