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NYS sends crews and equipment to Florida

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Sep 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-11 11:20:09-04

Soldiers and equipment from New York State are on the way to Florida and Mississippi to help with relief efforts following Hurricane Irma.

Governor Cuomo announced Monday that 10 UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopters and 55 soldiers from the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade were deployed to Florida.  They will arrive in Jacksonville Tuesday.  Additionally, Airmen from the 105th Airlift Wing deployed a satellite communications with a personnel team and a C-17 aircraft.  The group will go to Mississippi to support the Florida National Guard .  They will set up internet and other communications capabilities.

The personnel headed down south come from Newburgh, N.Y., and equipment is based in Ronkonkoma, Latham and Rochester.  The New York National Guard Soldiers and Airmen join 35 members of the NYTF-2 Urban Search and Rescue Team already forward deployed in Florida.