"The Colorado National Guard has additional capabilities ready for follow on requests from Texas while continuing to maintain homeland defense, overseas operations and civil support forces here in Colorado".
He said a majority of the service members are from El Paso and surrounding areas.
Twelve thousand National Guard troops were activated to assist with recovery and rescue efforts, Abbott said that number has now increased to 14,000. "And in the case of Texas, we know that Texas is gonna be in it for the long haul, and we're expecting that the Texas National Guard [will] reach out and ask for additional support".
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Soldiers from Tupelo's Company D, 2d Battalion, 151st Aviation Regiment are providing search and rescue support using two LUH 72A Lakota helicopters.
More New York Air National Guard personnel and equipment will head to Texas to aid with the response after Hurricane Harvey hit Texas over the weekend.
"It is imperative that we do everything possible to protect the lives and safety of people across the state of Texas as we continue to face the aftermath of this storm".
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The Red Arrow is the Wisconsin National Guard's largest unit, and it is headquartered at Camp Williams in Camp Douglas, Wisconsin, with units spread across all of Wisconsin as well as one battalion in MI.
Witham is the director of domestic operations for the National Guard Bureau.
The National Guard has a unique dual-mission as the nation's first military responder in times of emergency, while simultaneously fulfilling its role as the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force.
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The teams will help restore airfields that are inaccessible or unusable, and assist in rescue operations. The Houston area has witnessed five straight days of rain, seeing as much as 52 inches of rainfall from Harvey, which made landfall as a category 4 hurricane last week but has weakened to a tropical storm. Forecasters say if will come ashore again around the Texas/Louisiana border, and Louisiana is bracing for the storm. "We wish them a safe journey as they represent Pennsylvania in assisting with the disaster in Texas". "So, in many cases, the request for assistance, not only for the National Guard but federal forces, may not have been anticipated quickly enough".