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101st Airborne Soldiers Not Yet Ordered to Assist in Hurricane Relief, But "Ready" to Go

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Marcus Floyd, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs

Soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell are preparing to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts, but have not yet been ordered to assist.

According to a release, the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade will relocate more than 35 aircraft, 40 vehicles and 370 personnel to locations in the affected area.

The division is repositioning some forces, but has not yet been ordered to assist in the Total Army’s support efforts.

101st CAB commander Colonel Craig Alia said, “Should local officials and emergency services need additional assets, we will be staged and prepared to go at a moment’s notice.”

Preparations include identifying, training, manning and equipping potential response forces.

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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