According to a release sent by Wisconsin's Department of Military Affairs, more than 2,500 Wisconsin National Guard troops will be heading to Florida to help in the response and recovery efforts for Hurricane Irma.
Governor Scott Walker issued a statement saying, "We stand ready to help our friends in Florida who are bracing for Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest Atlantic Ocean storms on record."
He continued, "I thank Maj. Gen. Dunbar and the men and women of the Wisconsin National Guard for their readiness and willingness to assist in response efforts. We are also directing all state agencies to assist the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs in responding to this situation."
Walker issued Executive Order 254 on September 8th, which authorized Wisconsin's adjutant general to call Wisconsin National Guard troops to state active duty to assist Florida.
The release says their mission will be determined when they arrive in Florida. That mission may include rescuing people trapped by flood waters, preventing injuries and protecting property.
The entire 32nd "Red Arrow" Infantry Brigade Combat Team, the 1157th Transportation Company, members of the 112th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment and other Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard elements were called to state active duty and are now reporting for duty and beginning to make the trip to the coastal state.
They are expected to stay in the area as long as necessary to assist civil authorities.
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