Na­tional Guard de­ployed to help in Texas

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HART­FORD » Con­necti­cut has de­ployed a C-130H cargo plane and eight Air­men from the 103rd Air­lift Wing of the Con­necti­cut Na­tional Guard to help with Hur­ri­cane Harvey re­sponse and re­cov­ery ef­forts in Texas.

The unit, which de­parted from the Bradley Air Na­tional Guard Base in East Granby Monday af­ter­noon, in­cludes C-130H pi­lots, crewmem­bers, load­mas­ters, and main­tain­ers, Gov. Dan­nel P. Mal­loy said.

“We know what it’s like to ex­pe­ri­ence ex­treme weather events, and we know how vi­tal it is for lo­cal and state gov­ern­ments to work to­gether and pro­vide as-

sis­tance dur­ing times of nat­u­ral dis­as­ters or other emer­gen­cies,” Mal­loy said in a re­lease. “I thank our Con­necti­cut Air Na­tional Guards­men for tak­ing on this mis­sion to give Texas

aid dur­ing this great time of need.”

Con­necti­cut stands ready to pro­vide sup­port in the on­go­ing re­sponse and re­cov­ery ef­forts, the gov­er­nor said.

“The grow­ing emer­gence of ex­treme weather events has transformed the way we re­spond to emer­gen­cies and is a key rea­son why we must con­tinue strengthen-

ing our in­fra­struc­ture to with­stand the types of cat­a­strophic storms that we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced in re­cent years,” he said.

Lt. Gov. Nancy Wy­man thanked those de­ploy­ing to Texas as well as their fam­i­lies.

“Con­necti­cut knows first­hand how im­por­tant ad­di­tional sup­port and re­sources

are dur­ing storm re­cov­ery,” she said in the re­lease. “This mis­sion will ren­der as­sis­tance and bring crit­i­cal sup­plies to the peo­ple of Texas – and re­mind them that Con­necti­cut is with them and stands ready to help.”

Ma­jor Gen­eral Thad­deus J. Martin, ad­ju­tant gen­eral and com­man­der of the Con­necti­cut Na­tional Guard, said

thoughts and prayers are will all who are suf­fer­ing the ef­fects of Harvey.

“Even on the heels of the unit’s first large-scale, over­seas de­ploy­ment, the 103rd Air­lift Wing – and the en­tire Con­necti­cut Na­tional Guard – stands ready to aid the men and women of this nation any­time, any­where,” he said in the re­lease.

Less than two months ago, more than 200 mem­bers of the 103rd Air­lift Wing re­turned from a de­ploy­ment that sawthe unit sta­tioned at mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions through­out South­west Asia, sup­port­ing Ex­pe­di­tionary Com­bat Sup­port op­er­a­tions that in­cluded tac­ti­cal air­lift, main­te­nance, se­cu­rity and lo­gis­tics sup­port.

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