Spc. John Herring, a military police assigned to the 114th Military Police Company, 112th Military Police Battalion, Mississippi Army National Guard assesses the damage of the Kerner Swing Bridge in Jean Lafitte, Louisiana, Sept. 6, 2021. Herring is part of the Mississippi Army National Guard’s Hurricane Ida Response in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana led by the 113th Military Police Company, Headquartered out of Brandon, Miss. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Jovi Prevot)
The Mississippi National Guard is sending additional soldiers to assist with relief efforts in Louisiana.
According to the Guard, the forces that will be sent in include the Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 111th Aviation Regiment from Meridian and the 255th Air Control Squadron Air National Guard, Flowood. The Aviation Team is providing one CH-47 Chinook heavy lift helicopter and five personnel to provide vital air support to the Louisiana National Guard during their relief efforts. The Airmen of the 255th ACS, subordinate unit of the 172d Airlift Wing headquartered in Flowood are providing communication support to military and civilian authorities during relief and recovery missions as needed throughout the state.
These additional forces will join the approximately 250 MSNG soldiers that were deployed to Mississippi’s neighboring state last week. The soldiers, from various companies in the 112th Military Police Battalion and the 223rd Engineer Battalion, are assisting with emergency debris removal and the distribution of vital supplies such as food and water.
Inter-agency coordination between the Louisiana Office of Emergency Services, the Louisiana National Guard, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the supporting Mississippi National Guard forces, played a vital role leading up to the preparation and staging of deployed military support.