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Iowa Guard sending soldiers, helicopters to Irma-ravaged areas | Local News | qctimes.com

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Capt. Forest Lightle talks about one of the new CH-47F Chinook helicopters during a media briefing Tuesday at the Army Aviation Support Facility at the Davenport Municipal Airport.

Kevin E. Schmidt, QUAD-CITY TIMES

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have ordered 19 soldiers, two CH-47F Chinook helicopters, and two LUH-72 Lakota helicopters from the Iowa Army National Guard to areas ravaged by Hurricane Irma.

The units will leave today to provide support response operations for Hurricane Irma.

The team is comprised as follows:

• Company A, 1st Battalion, 376th Aviation, Security and Support (Waterloo);

• Company B, 2-211th General Support Aviation Battalion (Davenport);

• Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 67th Troop Command (Iowa City);

• Company C, 2-147th Aviation (Boone);

• Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 34th Infantry Division (Boone);

• Company D, 2-211th General Aviation Support Battalion (Davenport);

These aircraft and crew members will be used to move supplies, equipment and people; support search and rescue operations; and provide situational awareness to response planning and operations.

The two Chinook helicopters and one Lakota will be sourced from the Davenport Army Aviation Support Facility (“AASF”). A second Lakota will be sourced from the Waterloo AASF.

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