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Mississippi National Guard continue Harvey, Irma relief efforts

Courtesy of Mississippi Air National Guard. Photo by Airman 1st Class Kiara Spann, 172d Airlift Wing

The Mississippi National Guard is currently providing personnel, equipment and facility support for Hurricanes Irma and Harvey recovery operations.

Around 100 soldiers and airmen are currently in Florida, Texas and several other locations around the country.

Two 15-soldier Chinook helicopter crews from Meridian’s 111th Aviation Regiment are in Florida to bring relief supplies to those affected.

Some 70 airmen from Meridian’s 186th Air Refueling Wing are spread through Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Colorado and Texas. They are providing search and rescue, coordination and planning support.

In addition, over a dozen airmen of the 172nd Airlift Wing are assisting with supply distribution in Florida. The Flowood-based unit is also receiving aircraft from around the nation tasked with transporting supplies.

Likewise, Gulfport’s Combat Readiness Training Center and Battlefield Airmen Center has received aircraft from across the country en route to Florida.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with everyone impacted from Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.” said Maj. Gen Janson D. Boyles, adjutant general of Mississippi. “Our joint force will provide support as long as we are needed.”

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