The Nebraska National Guard is mobilizing four Nebraska Army National Guard helicopters and approximately 100 soldiers assigned to support the Hurricane Irma relief operations.The mobilizations are in support of an emergency management assistance compact request from Florida to Nebraska, the governor’s office announced Sunday.
A total of four UH-72 Lakota helicopters and 12 Nebraska Army National Guard soldiers from the Lincoln-based Company A, 1-376th Aviation (Security and Support), were expected to arrive in Florida sometime Monday.
Helicopters and crews are equipped and trained to conduct search and rescue operations, air movement missions and aerial damage assessments.
They will soon be joined by soldiers the 1-376th Aviation (Security and Support), which is expected to deploy Monday.
The battalion, based in both Lincoln and Grand Island, is expected to serve as an aviation task force headquarters in central and northern Florida.
“Just as we did in Texas, members of the Nebraska National Guard stand ready and able to do what we have always done, support our fellow Americans during times of natural disaster,” said Maj. Gen. Daryl Bohac, Nebraska adjutant general. “We also thank the families and civilian employers of our deploying National Guardsmen.”