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Local Air National Guard Heads To Florida For Hurricane Rescue

12 September, 2017, 00:57 | Author: Jeff Stephens
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Air National Guardsmen secure patients aboard a North Carolina Air National Guard C-130 from the Lower Keys Medical Center in Key West Florida for evacuation prior to the arrival of Hurricane Irma on September 6, 2017.

"Our mission is to help the people of Florida in any way that we can", Col. John Oakley, commander of the Red Arrow brigade, said.

The Florida Army National Guard left Thursday afternoon to provide aid in South Florida.

Local Air National Guard Heads To Florida For Hurricane Rescue

Florida has only begun to realize the impact of Hurricane Irma.

Christie will send UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, a UH-72 helicopter and crew members from the Army National Guard and Air National Guard to the state as they prepare for the storm.

NY has a long history of helping other states following natural disasters, the governor's office said. The Navy said 36 personnel from NAS Key West were at a Category 5-rated hotel near the base. "Our company motto is 'You call, we haul, ' so we're prepared and ready, and we're excited to have this mission".

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Several members recently returned from Texas where they assisted in Harvey response. The mobilizations are in support of an emergency management assistance compact request from Florida to Nebraska.

Among others, the Oklahoma National Guard sent an air medical evacuation squadron that helped with medical needs in Texas. EMAC is created to help increase federal aid and response times in cases of emergency.

Their wedding was originally scheduled to take place next week on Jacksonville Beach, but rather than sit on sidelines and watch Hurricane Irma spoil their nuptials, the couple volunteered to assist with response efforts.

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"We are manned and equipped for the war fight, but all those skill sets, that equipment's set, we can apply to an actual disaster", he said.

The entire unit served as witnesses and their friend, Tech Sgt. Ashley Ridgeway, notarized the marriage, according to the Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office.

On Saturday, a C-130 cargo plane was deployed from the Albany-area 109th Airlift Wing with medical supplies to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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