Alaska Air National Guard members are on the ground in Texas, assisting with Hurricane Harvey humanitarian disaster relief.
Governor Mark Dayton has approved soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 34th Combat Aviation Brigade to support response efforts for Hurricane Harvey.
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The Guard says two CH-47F Chinook supply helicopters were scheduled to deploy Friday along with soldiers from Davenport, Boone and Johnston units.
The storm caused damage throughout the region, flooding homes and leaving at least 30 dead.
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"The Indiana National Guard stands ready and is well prepared to assist in any way needed for our friends in Texas", said Maj. "This is a core competency of the National Guard".
The 38th Infantry Division, headquartered in Indianapolis, deployed its Mobile Command Group, consisting of 27 personnel, to Texas.
The Guard tweeted a picture of a military helicopter and soldiers announcing "The @MNNationalGuard is on way to help the @TXMilitary, @texasgov w/ #HarveyRelief!"
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"It's been very rewarding to know we're helping our own people in their time of need", he said.