Oklahoma National Guard sending more support to Texas

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

Their transport is a helicopter brought down by the National Guard from the Dallas area, but it has a story of its own. He has led a team of two helicopters that have conducted search-and-rescue missions, supply drops and general support. "But everyone here has been really upbeat given the disaster".

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

The storm caused damage throughout the region, flooding homes and leaving at least 30 dead. On Thursday afternoon, it reached 39. Duties for these soldiers will include maintaining the more than 90 helicopters being used by the National Guard in recovery operations as well as assisting with supply deliveries and recovery operations. Will Phillips, a Guard spokesman. This is their first local crew to head Texas.

The latest group joins two Pennsylvania CH-47 Chinook Helicopters sent September 1 to aid the efforts.

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The state of Texas has requested support from Iowa. "This is what we train for; this is why America has a National Guard". Stephen Wright, a Guard public affairs specialist.

"We were an island like everyone else", said Tom Branch, coordinator for Liberty County's Office of Emergency Management. They volunteered to serve the National Guard and that is what they do help.

Schroeder says so far, they've rescued more than 200 survivors and dozens of dogs, whom many survivors refuse to leave behind.

The group left from the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Norman.

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