More Connecticut National Guardsmen Deployed to Help Irma Relief Efforts

Connecticut has deployed 22 more National Guardsman from the state to help with the Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Fourteen Connecticut Army National Guard soldiers assigned to the 1st Battalion, 169th General Support Aviation Battalion left Sunday with two CH-47RF Chinook helicopters, according to Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The National Guardsman include rotary wing pilots, helicopter crew members and maintenance personnel and will stage just north of Florida to provide a quick response, Malloy said.

A crew of eight Airmen in a C-130 Hercules was sent to Joint Base Andrews where it will stand by for upcoming support missions, according to Malloy.

"Connecticut stands ready to assist our friends and neighbors in the Sunshine State in the days, weeks and months to come," Malloy said in a statement.

In all, the state has 31 Connecticut National Guardsman supporting hurricane relief efforts, including a crew of eight deployed to Puerto Rico on Saturday.

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