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18th Airborne soldiers to deploy from Fort Bragg to Texas

Posted August 30

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— Soldiers from the 18th Airborne Corps stationed at Fort Bragg will soon deploy to Texas to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Army officials said Wednesday the soldiers stationed at Fort Bragg will be among several units deploying to the Golf Coast to set up relief operations.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by Hurricane Harvey," said Maj. Ellis Gales, spokesperson for the XVIII Airborne Corps. "We know our Soldiers, here at Fort Bragg and other installations, will do their best to assist with the ongoing relief efforts."

Major Ellis Gales is a Public Affairs Officer for Fort Bragg's 18th Airborne Corps. The unit has just been given orders to send troop to Texas to help bring relief to flood victims.

"We have some soldiers from the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command," Gales said. "They're sending out assessment teams. What those teams will do is they'll evaluate once they get on the ground where the best locations are for the logistical assets that will be needed."

Members of the 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment from Fort Bragg are also headed to Texas. The soldiers' mission will be very similar to those who deployed in 2005 during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The soldiers spent weeks in New Orleans helping flood victims get back on their feet, providing medical aid, helped with security and provided logistical support to move supplies in and out of the region.

While troops are trained to fight overseas and protect the nation, they said they take just as much pride in this mission.

"We take our equipment.We take out people, and we do that. But the great thing about the army is, like I said, the military as a whole, we can take those same people, the same equipment and we can help our fellow citizens right here at home," Gales said.

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