Hoosier Guardsmen, including team from 181st, headed to Florida

Senior Airmen Lauren Durham and Michael Davis exchanged vows at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando before heading out on search and recovery missions with their fellow Airmen and Soldiers of the Florida National Guards Chemical Biological Radi

While much of the country is focusing on the lurking menace of Hurricane Irma, Oklahoma's citizen soldiers are still on the ground in Texas helping Hurricane Harvey survivors get back on their feet.

So far, the Pentagon has sent six ships, an aircraft carrier, numerous aircraft and thousands of gallons of fuel to the region, as well as activated thousands of National Guard troops in Florida and Puerto Rico.

Additional members of New Jersey's Office of Emergency Management would also be redeployed from Texas to aid in any search and rescue efforts if the storm makes landfall over the weekend, Murray said.

- As the state mobilizes all resources to deal with Hurricane Irma's impending impact, emergency teams are staging in three areas across the state-the coast, the Piedmont and the mountains.

"Florida is bracing for a severe disaster and OH is glad to help in any way we can, just as we did in Texas", Kasich said Saturday. Irma's center is expected to reach South Florida around 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, the US military began preparing as well.

The 14 crew members and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 238th Aviation Regiment arrived at the Ohio Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility in Green. This team was requested to provide crucial public affairs support to the Defense Support of Civil Authority mission and conduct media operations.

"The mission is really going to be dictated by (Hurricane) Irma more than what people can predict at this point", Waltzer said. The Port of Charleston, in SC, is also expected to experience storm conditions, Automotive News reported.

Still, not all military personnel are moving toward the storm.

After 38 years as a pilot, CW5 Steve Knight says his job in the Kentucky National Guard never gets old.

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