Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Hoosier Guardsmen, including team from 181st, headed to Florida

Hoosier Guardsmen, including team from 181st, headed to Florida

The Florida Army National Guard left Thursday afternoon to provide aid in South Florida.

The governor previously said that many states helped New Jersey after Superstorm Sandy, so this is a way to repay the favor.

As Hurricane Irma thrashed Florida over the weekend, destroying homes and leaving millions without electricity, two members of the Air National Guard exchanged wedding vows in Orlando before a gathering of fellow guardsmen awaiting orders to begin search and rescue operations.

Hurricane Irma's storm-force winds couldn't prevent two people from pledging their love for each other. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin's adjutant general said. The Coast Guard is surveying the many ports and lanes near Puerto Rico that will be key for resupply of basic commodities and for resupplying fuel to airports and shipping ports in Florida and elsewhere. "Not only are we the primary combat reserve of our nation's Army and Air Force, we are also the nation's first military responder in times of emergency". They will fill roles as the mission transitions into logistics distribution and long term life support of impacted areas.

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Soldiers with the Michigan National Guard departed Monday morning for Florida to support the Florida National Guard with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma. The 1157th Transportation Company is headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, while the 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment is headquartered in Madison. NYS IMT also provided Geographic Information Services and have generated maps displaying field conditions to enhance situational awareness where communities had needs.

The deployment includes members from the 181st Intelligence Wing based out of Terre Haute and the 38th Infantry Division from Indianapolis.

Their wedding was originally scheduled to take place next week on Jacksonville Beach, but rather than sit on sidelines and watch Hurricane Irma spoil their nuptials, the couple volunteered to assist with response efforts.

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