NORMAN, Okla. - Approximately 500 soldiers of the 179th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, forming Task Force 179, deployed Saturday to Austin, Texas in support of Hurricane Harvey relief operations.
“We’re ready to go. We’ll be going as representatives of the Oklahoma National Guard," said Lt. Col. Adam Headrick. “In the past, when we’ve responded to the Moore tornadoes and Hurricane Katrina and, personally, I worked at the World Trade Center, they called on the infantry units to provide security and assist families in going back into their homes and back into their neighborhoods.”
The Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard have already deployed more than 60 soldiers and airmen to Texas in support of relief efforts.
Sgt. Cody Moore said this is his first disaster response.
“Be flexible. Be able to work with them," he said. "Be kind and gentle towards them, because they just lost everything.”
Officials said they are preparing to deploy more than 1,500 Guardsmen in the coming days.