Tennessee Guard preparing for Florida Hurricane duty
Gov. authorizes 1,200 Tennesseans for hurricane recovery work
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – Gov. Bill Lee has authorized around 1,200 Tennessee National Guard soldiers and airmen to respond to Hurricane Ian.
The Hurricane is expected to hit Florida on Thursday.
The Guardsmen are being notified now through their commands and preparing to head south.
They are in Jackson’s 194th Engineer Brigade will be the Task Force Headquarters element and units from both the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 230th Sustainment Command.
Three helicopters with the 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion are also scheduled to assist with recovery and debris removal.
“We have a tremendous amount of experience responding to natural disasters like hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes and we are ready to help the citizens of Florida,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes. “It is why we wear the uniform and once again it’s the strength of the National Guard on display. We’re grateful for the families, employers, and communities for their continued ongoing support to our Guardsmen.”
Florida and Tennessee have a pre-existing mutual support agreement already in place for just such an emergency.
“As Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Ian, the Tennessee National Guard stands ready to support response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the storm,” said Gov. Bill Lee. “I commend our Guardsmen and women for representing the Volunteer State and answering the call to help Floridians in need.”