Kentucky National Guard Deploys to Hurricane Zone

By: Wendy Enneking Email
By: Wendy Enneking Email

Troops with the Kentucky National Guard reported to duty Sunday morning. They're heading south to assist communities in the Gulf Coast region that will be impacted by Hurricane Gustav.

In addition to soldiers, eight helicopters will be deployed from the Kentucky Guard. Some of those aircraft are equipped to hoist people who may be stranded due to flooding.

Commanders with the Guard say this deployment is different than the one they participated in following Hurricane Katrina three years ago. They say the plan is a more pro-active one that will allow help to arrive in hurricane-impacted communiteis sooner. Much of the response to Katrina was reactive in nature and took place well after the storm had passed.

The Kentucky Guard units will initially arrive in Meridian, Mississippi and then move on to Louisiana. Officials with the Guard say they're stationing east of the storm so that they can immediately move in behind it as it heads west.

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  • by kent Location: louisville on Sep 16, 2008 at 11:35 PM
    1/623rd Bravo Btry is back we got home sat
  • by ghettochip Location: richmond on Aug 31, 2008 at 10:35 PM
    Thank you to all troops! You and your families' bravery is much admired and respected. Have a safe return home.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2008 at 08:46 PM
    This isn't the only unit going. 1/623d Field Artillery is on the way too. Good luck guys!! Be safe and God Bless.


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