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08/28/2017

Gov. Malloy Announces Connecticut Sending National Guard Airmen and Cargo Plane to Assist in Hurricane Harvey Response

Airmen Deployed This Afternoon from Connecticut to Texas

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that the State of Connecticut has deployed a C-130H cargo plane and eight Airmen from the 103rd Airlift Wing of the Connecticut National Guard to help with Hurricane Harvey response and recovery efforts in Texas. The unit, which departed from the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby this afternoon, includes C-130H pilots, crewmembers, loadmasters, and maintainers.

“We know what it’s like to experience extreme weather events, and we know how vital it is for local and state governments to work together and provide assistance during times of natural disasters or other emergencies,” Governor Malloy said. “I thank our Connecticut Air National Guardsmen for taking on this mission to give Texas aid during this great time of need. The State of Connecticut stands ready to provide support in the ongoing response and recovery efforts. The growing emergence of extreme weather events has transformed the way we respond to emergencies and is a key reason why we must continue strengthening our infrastructure to withstand the types of catastrophic storms that we’ve experienced in recent years.”

“I want to thank the Connecticut Air National Guardsmen deploying to Texas, and their families, for their service,” Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman said. “Connecticut knows firsthand how important additional support and resources are during storm recovery. This mission will render assistance and bring critical supplies to the people of Texas – and remind them that Connecticut is with them and stands ready to help.”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all suffering from the effects of Hurricane Harvey,” Major General Thaddeus J. Martin, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard, said. “Even on the heels of the unit’s first large-scale, overseas deployment, the 103rd Airlift Wing – and the entire Connecticut National Guard – stands ready to aid the men and women of this nation anytime, anywhere.”

Less than two months ago, more than 200 members of the 103rd Airlift Wing returned from a deployment that saw the unit stationed at multiple locations throughout Southwest Asia, supporting Expeditionary Combat Support operations that included tactical airlift, maintenance, security, and logistics support.

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