LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — As catastrophic flooding swallows up Houston, the Kentucky Air Nationwide Guard is gearing up and heading out.
Lt. Col. Steve Campbell stated they’re deploying to the airport in Houston to serve a essential position within the restoration effort.
“We now have the entire airbase in a field, and we’ll go down there and open it up,” Campbell stated. “Once we first get there, the primary mission is to do the air medical evacuation.”
Three planes full of gear and almost 50 individuals are flying to southeast Texas.
“There shall be three fork lifts, two pickup vans, some aspect-by-sides, tents … the entire 9 yards,” Campbell stated. “We’ll go down there, and if there’s nothing, we will setup turbines. We’ll have energy, we’ll have our personal water, our personal meals, our personal gasoline.”
Employees Sgt. Robert Paulsen is deploying to a pure catastrophe within the guard for the very first time.
“I simply came upon I used to be leaving final night time,” he stated. “I do passenger service, so with this I think about if we’re evacuating individuals I will be serving to course of them via the airport.”
Paulsen stated he is not bringing a lot for himself, however for him, what he is bringing is fairly essential.
“I obtained an image of my spouse and my canine,” he stated. “I’ve received a seven-month golden retriever.”
Campbell deployed to assist with the restoration for Hurricane Katrina and sees the mission in Houston as an honor to serve his nation once more, serving to individuals in large want.
“It is very rewarding,” he stated. “I imply no one needs to see anyone endure, however to see individuals getting taken out of these conditions and flown out and figuring out that you’ve got been part of that could be very rewarding for everyone.”
The final aircraft ought to arrive in Houston early Wednesday morning.
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