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Back From Houston, On to Florida

WVIK Quad Cities NPR

Just a day or two after they returned from Houston and Hurricane Harvey, some Iowa National Guard soldiers and helicopters are being deployed again. Monday, 19 soldiers and four helicopters from Davenport, Iowa City, Boone, and Waterloo left for Florida to help victims of Hurricane Irma.

Guard spokesman, Colonel Greg Hapgood, says they'll be stationed outside of Florida initially, until the severe weather has passed.
"We have two Chinook helicopters which are heavy-lift helicopters - they move supplies, equipment, and people. Then the other two helicopters are LUH-72 Lakotas which are light utility helicopters but they have specialized optics and cameras and infrared sensors on board so they can help with search and rescue."
Some of these same soldiers and helicopters traveled to Texas on September 1st, and for nine days carried people and supplies around the Houston area. But he says they returned home over the weekend after the emergency phase ended and the area began to focus on recovery. 

The group from Iowa includes nineteen soldiers from Davenport, Iowa City, Boone, and Waterloo, plus three helicopters from the Davenport Aviation Support Battalion, and one from the Aviation Security and Support unit in Waterloo. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.