The US Army is sending in aviation assets from their 101st Airborne Division to assist in search-and-rescue operations following Hurricane Irma’s devastating strike on Florida.

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“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by Hurricane Irma,” said Col. Craig J. Alia, 101st CAB commander, in a Sept. 11 press release.

“We are leaning forward now, proactively positioning our personnel and equipment to help the American people if called forward to support,” he said. “Should local officials and emergency services need additional assets, we will be staged and prepared to go at a moment’s notice.” – Tennessean

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Featured image By Sam Shore [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

US Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter assigned to the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade 101st Airborne Division