Kentucky National Guard soldiers depart for Caribbean in wake of Hurricane Irma

USCG sets port condition X-ray for South Florida ports

Kentucky Army National Guard soldiers to assist with Hurricane Irma relief

The Kentucky Army National Guard says soldiers from its 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade are on their way to the U.S. Virgin Islands to help in search and rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

On Friday, more than 40 trucks and 130 members of the National Guard's 253rd Transportation Company will head to Florida to help state officials.

Even as Hurricane Irma tracks to the western edge of North Carolina, the U.S. Coast Guard has now heavily restricted the Port of Wilmington.

Maj. General Mark Bartman told The Associated Press Saturday the Ohio National Guard will be part of a contingent of totaling around 7,000 soldiers from National Guard units in Wisconsin, Indiana and MI. The Ohio National Guard said as many as 3,000 guardsmen could be called on to respond to devastation from the looming hurricane.

"On a holiday weekend, we called and less than 48 hrs, 2,000 citizens soldiers and airmen responded to the needs to the neighbors to the south".

Airline Flies Animals Displaced By Hurricane Harvey To Their New Homes
As per reports, 64 displaced cats and dogs were relocated to California from Texas, only to be placed in new and safe shelters. She hopes the aftermath of Hurricane Irma won't be the same as Hurricane Harvey when many owners abandoned their pets.

As of September 4, the Rhode Island National Guard delivered meals ready to eat to the U.S. Virgin Islands, via a C-130 and were to return yesterday with a logistical squadron team of approximately 15 citizen-soldiers to provide a staging area for in- and out-bound military aircraft. On average, more than 4,000 Guard members conduct operations in the United States on any given day.

Gov. Christie already approved aid to Texas for victims of Hurricane Harvey. At this point in the recovery, there are still 1,000 Oklahoma Guard members on the ground in the Beaumont and Corpus Christi areas.

"We have two task forces down there, each with about 500 soldiers, one in the Beaumont area and one in the area closer to Corpus Christi", Wilham said.

The members of the 106th Rescue Wing are based on Long Island.

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