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National Guard units help Gulf Coast

National Guard units help Gulf Coast
The Tennessee National Guard has now mobilized more than 1,100 soldiers and airmen, including those from a units across Northwest Tennessee, to assist in relief efforts along the Gulf Coast, plus another 350 have been on duty within the state providing command and control of the deployed units and assisting with the more than 4,000 evacuees brought to Tennessee. Soldiers from Weakley and Lake counties are putting forth stateside relief for southern states recently impacted by Hurricane Gustav. The total number deployed includes an additional 550 soldiers of a task force expected to depart early Saturday morning for Gulf Coast destinations. These represent units and equipment from 1171st Transportation Co., Dresden and Tiptonville; Combat Service Support Battalion, Johnson City; 730th Quartermaster Co., Erwin; 777th Maintenance Co., Smyrna and Sparta; and 105th Human Resources Co., Nashville. Other Tennessee National Guard units already deployed to assist along the Gulf coast are the 118th Aero medical Evacuation Squadron, Tennessee Air National Guard, Nashville; 5th Civil Support Team, Smyrna; six OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and crews from 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron, Smyrna; six UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters and crews from 1/230th Air Cavalry Squadron, Smyrna; 228th Combat Communications Squadron, Tennessee Air Guard, Knoxville; 230th Signal Company, Nashville; and 2nd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Cookeville.

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