Georgia Air National Guard responding to Hurricane Harvey

Georgia Air National Guard responding to Hurricane Harvey

GARDEN CITY, GA (WTOC) - Georgia Air National Guard forces have responded to Texas, working to support relief efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

The decision to deploy an aircraft and crew from the 165th Airlift Wing comes after authorization was given by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

A C-130 cargo aircraft and 15 personnel left on Tuesday afternoon as a part of the emergency response. Georgia Air National Guard tells us they are very honored to serve. They explained how they are ready to go into what they know is a very tough situation for everyone impacted by the storm.

"Certainly, we want to extend our thoughts and prayers to the people of Texas in this time of suffering they are having right now," said Col. Jim Marren, Commander, 165th Airlift Wing.

The group will be working closely with the Texas National Guard. We're told they will be helping with all kinds of efforts.

"They will be getting some sort of tasking daily, depending on what the needs are in the area of interest in Texas, and that will pretty much keep going every day. Missions may change daily and we will go from there," Col. Marren said.

Governor Deal tweeted, 'Georgia stands ready to further assist Texans and all affected by Hurricane Harvey.'

"We are really excited to be able to help our fellow citizens out in Texas. We are sure they would do the same for us. We are there and ready to support as always," Col. Marren said.

Those with the 165th Airlift Wing say they'll be staying in Texas until they are no longer needed.

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