The Delaware National Guard recently launched a C-130 aircraft to Texas to help support evacuation efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Staff officers from Delaware are enroute to the National Guard Bureau Joint Operations Center near Washington, D.C., to assist in the intelligence and operations sections.

Because the event is out of state, the Delaware National Guard is assisting via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and in coordination with the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and National Guard Bureau. The Delaware National Guard Joint Operations Center is being staffed 24/7 until the event is complete.

The 166th Airlift Wing flies the C-130H model aircraft and is prepared to provide up to four aircraft and crews in the Gulf Region if needed. Additionally, the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is on standby as the unit is comprised of flight nurses and medical technicians.

Depending on the duration and needs of the support, the Delaware National Guard is prepared to support additional requests in the communications, engineering, medical, security, aviation, equipment maintenance and transportation areas.