Delaware National Guard joins Harvey evacuation effort

 A Delaware Air National Guard C-130H model Hercules transport aircraft from the 142nd Airlift Squadron on the flight line at the New Castle ANG Base. (Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Travis von Bodungen, File)

A Delaware Air National Guard C-130H model Hercules transport aircraft from the 142nd Airlift Squadron on the flight line at the New Castle ANG Base. (Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Travis von Bodungen, File)

A C-130 cargo plane carrying ten members of the Delaware National Guard left for Texas Tuesday afternoon to help with the evacuation of victims of Hurricane Harvey.

In addition to the crew on the C-130, the Delaware National Guard is ready to send up to four aircraft and crews to the Texas and Louisiana region if needed to help those trapped by high water. The DNG’s 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron made up of flight nurses and medical technicians is also on standby.

“We continue to monitor the situation and lean forward so we are ready to support at a moment’s notice,” said Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons, Adjutant General of the Delaware National Guard. “The National Guard is unique because we have the dual mission of conducting the overseas warfight and supporting the homeland. Our troops have extensive experience in both missions.” 

Staff officers from the DNG have also been sent to the National Guard Bureau Joint Operations Center near Washington, D.C., to help out with intelligence and operations work in coordinating the storm response.

 

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