The devastation inflicted by Harvey is a massive challenge to the nation. The Department of Defense’s contribution to relief efforts is expected to increase by tens of thousands of soldiers.
The Ohio National Guard will join the thousands of Iowa, California, Hawaii and other National Guard troops in addition to Marines, Navy and Coast Guard forces deployed to Texas.
One estimate from the Pentagon said up to 30,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen will be needed for humanitarian efforts in the coming weeks.
The Ohio National Guard is deploying 14 soldiers and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment, based in North Canton, Ohio.
It is unclear if the Ohio Guard plans on sending more troops to Texas, the state already has hundreds of soldiers deployed overseas. During Hurricane Katrina, 1,500 Ohio Army National Guard troops aided in restoring infrastructure and providing security.
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