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101st Airborne Soldiers Deploy To Assist In Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Pfc. Beverly Roxane Mejia
U.S. Army
Soldiers assigned to 101st Sustainment Brigade, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), conduct preparations and deploy in support of Hurricane Florence relief efforts, Sept. 14, at Ft. Campbell, Ky.

Nearly 200 Fort Campbell soldiers are en route to North Carolina to assist in Hurricane Florence response and recovery efforts. The 101st Airborne Division said in a release on Friday most of the soldiers are of the 74th Composite Truck Company, 101st Sustainment Brigade.

The soldiers departed with nearly 100 vehicles, consisting of heavy transport trucks and equipment. They’re heading to Fort Bragg and will assist in Department of Defense efforts supporting FEMA and other agencies.

Motor transport operator Pvt. Robert Demons grew up in Charleston, South Carolina, and his mother and extended family still live in the area. “It feels great going back home to help the people,” said Demons in a release. “I’m excited to go back as an Army Soldier and show my family what I’m doing for my country.”

Sgt. First Class David Cooper also grew up in South Carolina. He said the unit’s training helps bring aid to people in the region. “These Soldiers are trained and ready, and I’m proud of their dedication toward this mission,” said Cooper. “It feels good to know we will be helping out people in need, especially as part of our Army mission.”

74 CTC’s current mission task is to provide sustainment and container movement, personnel movement and additional transportation tasking.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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