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Michigan National Guard Soldiers depart in support of Irma response

More than 400 Soldiers departed Michigan hometowns and National Guard armories across the state, on Monday, Sep. 11, in preparation to go to Florida to support the Florida National Guard with relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

One CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with eight air and ground crew personnel, departed from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mt. Clemens, Mich. The crew is likely to provide aerial support for personnel and logistical movement. They will stage in North Carolina, then move to Cecil Field, Jacksonville, Fla., once the weather allows.

Approximately 425 Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment left four Michigan National Guard armories for Camp Grayling, Mich., the first leg of their trip, where they consolidated and packed equipment, includes more than 120 vehicles and trucks.

The armories included:

*Grand Valley Armory:  HHC, Co B, and Co I, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment

1200 44th St SW, Wyoming, MI

*Company A, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 4400 East 8 Mile Road, Detroit, MI

*Company C, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment 700 W Prairie Ronde St, Dowagiac, MI

*Company D, 3rd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, 415 Haynes St, Cadillac, MI

The 3-126 Infantry is expected to deploy to the west side of southern Florida where they are likely to provide humanitarian assistance and security. The battalion departed Grayling and headed for Florida on Wednesday, Sept. 13.

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