Last night, Governor Nathan Deal announced that he was sending a crew from the Georgia National Guard to Texas in order to help with the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
WTOC reports that the 15-member crew is from the 165th Airlift Wing, and they are already in route to the affected area. They will be using a C-130H Cargo aircraft for rescue missions.
The Pentagon estimates 30,000 National Guard troops will be deployed for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Georgia National Guard crew will join 30 airlift crews already in action. Another 23 have been requested.This, of course, could escalate once Harvey’s damage to neighboring Louisiana comes into focus. Already last night, that state was also dealing with catastrophic flooding. The Washington Postcompiled a list of other military units involved in relief efforts. Besides Texas and now Georgia, the other states that have provided National Guard units to assist include Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oregon, and Utah.
Holly is an archivist at one of Georgia’s institutions of higher learning. In a past life, she was a legislative assistant on Capitol Hill. She cares a lot about records management, open records laws, and privacy laws. Political persuasion? It’s complicated. What’s not complicated is that she’s proudly equal parts Bulldog and Tar Heel.