Michigan National Guard prepares for possible deployment to Texas

Michigan National Guard soldiers are preparing for possible deployment to Texas to respond to the unfolding crisis caused by Hurricane Harvey.

The National Guard Bureau today issued a Warning Order telling Michigan National Guard leadership to be ready to provide soldiers and equipment to support the Texas National Guard's relief efforts.

An estimated 350 soldiers from units in Cadillac, Detroit, Dowagiac and Wyoming, part of the 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, could deploy for approximately 60 days, according to a release from the guard.

Planning is also underway for aviation support.

"In Grand Ledge, Mich., Michigan National Guard aviation planners are preparing two CH-47 Chinook helicopters and one UH-72 Lakota helicopter, along with air and ground crew personnel, to provide aerial support for personnel and logistical movement as well as hoist rescue capability," the news release said.

"Additionally, one C-12 twin-engine aircraft will potentially be utilized for nation-wide priority transport of personnel and equipment essential to the national response to Tropical Storm Harvey." Massive flooding from Harvey has forced the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston.

Guard officials in Michigan are working with the Texas National Guard and National Guard Bureau officials to finalize timelines and locations for deployment.

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Contact staff writer Ann Zaniewski at 313-222-6594 or azaniewski@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter: @AnnZaniewski.

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