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    Texas Forces Prepare for Hurricane Season

    Hurricane Preparation

    Photo By Cpl. Maxiliano Garza | Troops from 3rd Battalion -144th Infantry Regiment service their vehicles during...... read more read more



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    56th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (36th ID, TXARNG)

    As Hurricane Alex began to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico, the 3rd Battalion – 144th Infantry Regiment, Texas Army National Guard, from the Dallas / Fort Worth area deployed to support Texas Task Force 1 (TX-TF1) with vehicles and personnel for their search and rescue efforts. The 3 - 144th met up with TX-TF1 at Texas A&M University in Kingsville (TAMUK) on June 30th, before moving on to Brownsville the next day.

    TX-TF1, which had been in TAMUK since June 28th, set up their base of operations early to monitor Hurricane Alex.

    "We have been watching the weather situation, trying to have a good plan on how we're going to operate,'' said Task Force Leader David Fierro. "We anticipate that locals will request us and we'll go into the field of operation and assist."

    While at TAMUK, the 3 – 144th, went over their mission plans to support TX-TF1.

    "Our task force is very experienced and we've worked very well with the military; it's been a win-win situation," said Fierro. ''Our plan is to do whatever the citizens need."

    Early July 1st, 3-144th broke off into separate groups, departing to Weslaco, Harlingen and Brownsville to continue their missions.

    After arriving at their destinations, the 3-144th, stood by as TX-TF1 searched ditches and low-lying areas. With coordinated efforts, both teams swiftly acted to combat the possible hurricane damage.

    "We're going get out and search and work with military," said Fierro, "to help us access those people and move them out."

    Despite Hurricane Alex's low impact on the Texas coast, this early season hurricane allowed the Texas Military Forces a great opportunity to demonstrate their preparedness for this year's hurricane season.



    Date Taken: 06.30.2010
    Date Posted: 07.02.2010 23:02
    Story ID: 52322
    Location: BROWNSVILLE, TX, US 

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