Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office
Kentucky Army National Guard troops, helicopters to support Hurricane Gustav relief mission

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, September 02, 2008  
Contact Information:  1LT Andi Hahn
Asst. Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Kentucky National Gaurd

Frankfort, Ky. -- Governor Steven L. Beshear and Adjutant General Edward W. Tonini have directed the deployment of more than 350 troops and five Kentucky Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk and three OH-58 Kiowa helicopters in support of Hurricane Gustav relief missions in Louisiana.

Aircraft crews from the 63rd Theater Aviation Brigade will begin pre-flight operations at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 31 at the Army Aviation Support Facility located at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort.  The aircraft are expected to depart between 10-12 a.m.

Media are invited to the departure.  Journalists and photographers should bring photo identification to process through security.


In addition, approximately 350 Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery and 203rd Forward Support Company -- with armories in Glasgow, Tompkinsville, Campbellsville, Monticello, Elizabethtown, and Brandenburg -- have been ordered to active duty in support of Hurricane Gustav.  They are directed to report to their armories with all of their equipment and clothing no later than 8 a.m. (local time) on Sunday, August 31.

These troops will prepare for deployment by ground transportation with the mission of providing security for local communities in Louisiana.  They are expected to depart Monday (time will be announced later). 

For more information Soldiers should contact their local armory or Sergeant Major Joey Simpson at 502-545-8353.