When Hurricanes Ike and Gustav hammered the Louisiana Gulf coast, local measures to control mosquito populations were destroyed or overwhelmed. The State of Louisiana requested Federal assistance through FEMA and the call went to the 757th Airlift Squadron and the 910th Aerial Spray Maintenance Flight.
The New York Army and Air National Guard are sending helicopters, Soldiers and Airmen to aid the Louisiana National Guard in dealing with Hurricane Gustav recovery operations.
On Aug. 31, 2008, New York governor David A. Paterson announced that two New York Air National Guard HH-60 Pavehawk rescue helicopters and 16 Airmen from the 106th Rescue Wing had already departed Gabreski Field Air National Guard Base in West Hampton Beach, Suffolk County.
The governor also directed that three CH-47 “Chinook” heavy-lift helicopters and three UH-1 “Huey” Medevac helicopters leave the Army National Guard Flight Facility in Rochester for Meridian, Miss. These aircraft deployed Sept. 1, 2008.
Here’s a collection of pics from the military showing their efforts during Hurricane Gustav.
Bookmark it because it will be added to over the next several days.