Alaska Air National Guard assists in Hurricane Harvey relief

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Alaska Air National Guard members are on the ground in Texas, assisting with Hurricane Harvey humanitarian disaster relief.

The Guard's 1-76th Wing deployed 14 para-rescuers and combat rescue officers from the 2-12th Rescue Squadron.

The Alaska para-rescuers deployed to Texas with 10 inflatable rubber boats, which were transported with them today from a search and rescue staging area in Liberty to a convention center in Orange.

Transport was via a C-47 Chinook helicopter from the 2-149th Aviation Battalion, Texas Army National Guard.

The para-rescuers and boats were then transported to the town of Vidor by truck, where they conducted water search and rescue operations.

According to 2-12th Rescue Squadron commander, Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Komatsu, they are there to assist civil authorities as they are needed, using their training, experience, and abilities to enhance the search operation.