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National Guard Deploying to Texas for Hurricane Relief

National Guard Deploying to Texas for Hurricane Relief

The Arkansas National Guard is made up of about 9,000 soldiers, with roughly 7,000 Army guardsmen and 2,000 Air Force guardsman, Phillips said.

The members of the 179th Infantry Regiment and the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team were packed and ready to go to Austin.

Charles Christianson, a Guard helicopter pilot from Russellville, deployed to Sugar Land, Texas, on Tuesday.

Arkansas is part of a large contingent of states, reaching as far as Alaska, that have sent their citizen soldiers to help Houston and the surrounding areas recover as floodwaters recede in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which first made landfall on August 25.

Three other helicopters, along with 29 soldiers, were sent to Texas earlier this week from Nebraska, with the first mission seeing two UH-60 Black Hawks pick up 3,000 pounds of food and transport them from San Antonio to Galveston.

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It is the first time Guterres has visited the West Bank and the Gaza Strip since he took over from Ban Ki-moon on January 1. He has also said Arab states in the Persian Gulf that were once enemies are now cultivating wider ties with Israel.

Authorities on Thursday increased the toll of Harvey-related deaths to 39, and the Texas Department of Public Safety said more than 37,000 homes were heavily damaged and almost 7,000 were destroyed.

The 38th Infantry Division, headquartered in Indianapolis, deployed its Mobile Command Group, consisting of 27 personnel, to Texas.

"A lot of devastation throughout the area", said Macias.

The team will help with moving supplies, equipment, and people. A week ago, historic flooding began across the region, sending the Texas National Guard into high alert.

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