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Ohio National Guard soldiers return home after responding to Hurricane Harvey

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The U.S. Coast Guard issued a warning for boaters off the coast of North Carolina Saturday afternoon.

"The men and women of the Connecticut National Guard are an invaluable resource during severe storms and we are grateful for service", Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement on Sunday.

The Kentucky National Guard is also assisting the U.S. Virgin Islands, having deployed two medevac Black Hawks Sept. 7, along with 20 Guard members assigned to the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade. Brown said. National Guard and Defense Department units may take time to mobilize, but the Coast Guard, because it falls under the Department of Homeland Security and has bases in numerous places hit by storms, can shift and move resources easily. Not only are we the primary combat reserve of our nation's Army and Air Force, we are also the nation's first military responder in times of emergency. They already delivered provisions to the people of Puerto Rico.

Around 425 Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment are expected to deploy to the west side of southern Florida where they are likely to provide humanitarian assistance and security.

A total of 4,000 members have now been activated and will respond to requests across the state to ensure communities are fully prepared for the storm, the governor's office said. "Mobilizing in times of state and federal emergency is at the very core of who we are as the National Guard. That's literally handing out relief supplies like ice water and food to those communities that need em", said Gen. Wilham. "I want our airmen, their families and our community to know the Puerto Rico Air National Guard stands ready and prepared".

The state's Army National Guard 253rd Transportation Company departs from Cape May County on Friday for central Florida.

In addition, New Jersey National Guard members are being deployed to Florida to help with the storm's impact.

The Guard's mission in Florida will be similar to what it was in Texas.

They are going to provide medical aid and help with search-and-rescue efforts.

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