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    Pennsylvania National Guard sends crew, aircraft to support Florence response

    Pennsylvania National Guard sends crew, aircraft to support Florence response

    Photo By Sgt. Zane Craig | Chief Warrant Officer 4 Patrick Donohue, a CH-47 Chinook pilot with the Eastern Army...... read more read more

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA, UNITED STATES

    09.13.2018

    Story by Lt. Col. Angela King-Sweigart 

    Joint Force Headquarters, Pennsylvania National Guard

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – More than 25 Pennsylvania National Guard members along with two UH-60 Black Hawks, and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters left from here and Johnstown, Pennsylvania this morning and are en route to McEntire Joint National Guard Base, near Columbia, South Carolina.

    The aircraft and crew will integrate with thousands of National Guard members and first responders that are prepositioning assets and supplies to be used in the response to Hurricane Florence. The storm is expected to hit large swaths of South Carolina later today and tomorrow.

    Potential missions for the aircraft and crew include: rescue operations, delivering items like food and water to stranded citizens, as well as infrastructure support like lifting large sandbags into position.

    Additionally, Pennsylvania National Guard members are here monitoring the situation at the joint emergency operations center. The center maintains continuous communications with National Guard Bureau and PEMA in order to anticipate future requirements that could be assigned to Pennsylvania National Guard Soldiers and Airmen.

    The Pennsylvania National Guard responded to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in 2017.

    “We are proud of our Guard members answering the call to assist others,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Anthony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s Adjutant General, “this is our National Guard at its best.”

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    Date Taken: 09.13.2018
    Date Posted: 09.13.2018 13:37
    Story ID: 292609
    Location: FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, PA, US 

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