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Nevada sending military aircraft to Texas in wake of Harvey

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Posted at 9:25 AM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-31 21:12:14-04

A Nevada Army Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter crew is set to fly to Texas Wednesday to assist emergency responders in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

The Chinook helicopter crew is set to assist the Texas National Guard with search and rescue missions in the Houston, Texas, vicinity. The Chinook model helicopter can carry 36 people and carry more than 25 tons.

The departure of the Chinook fulfills the first request the Nevada Army Guard has received in conjunction with Hurricane Harvey.

In 2005, the Nevada Guard sent some of the first out-of-state Army and Air units to the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and Mississippi. The Nevada Air Guard’s medical team operated out of the Louis Armstrong Airport and a joint team from the Nevada Army Guard’s 72nd Military Police Company and 152nd Security Forces Squadron performed a sweep through the Morial Convention Center to restore order in the facility.

In addition, a crew of five Nevada Air Guardsmen is set to fly a C-130 Hercules Cargo Aircraft to Texas on Thursday and assist the Texas National Guard in the aftermath of Harvey.

On Thursday, it was announced that the Army Guard's 593rd Medium Transportation Company unit will also likely heading to Texas to help with Harvey.